Curriculum Vitae

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born 1984 detroit, mi
lives in champaign, il


2018–In Progress :: PhD, Library Information Science
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
2017 :: Master of Fine Arts, Graphic Design
Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
2006 :: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design
Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Rapids, MI

Academic Experience

2018–present :: Research Assistant
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Kathryn La Barre, Managing Professor
UCIMC Archive (Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center)
ASIS&T (Association for Information Science and Technology)
  • Provide support (e.g. identifying possible sources of funding, organizing and assessing archival materials, preparing and updating site reports) for ongoing and new research projects
  • Provide graphic design support where needed (i.e. identity and promo material)
2017–2018 :: Lecturer
Wayne State University, James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History
  • AGD 2240 Introduction to Graphic Design
  • AGD 2250 Typography
  • AGD 3250 Graphic Design 1
  • AGD 4250 Graphic Design 2
  • AGD 5260 Senior Seminar
  • AGD 5997 Senior Studio
  • AGD 5890 Directed Projects: Maisha Quraishi and Alexandria Maniak
2015–2017 :: Graduate Teaching Assistant
Wayne State University, James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History
*Served Primarily as Instructor of Record (IOR)
  • AGD 2230 Introduction to Typography (IOR)
  • AGD 2240 Introduction to Graphic Design Software (Assistant, 1-term)
  • AGD 4250 Graphic Design 2 (IOR)
  • AGD 5890 Directed Projects: Amira Alkayyali (IOR)

Design Experience

2005-2018 :: Independent Graphic Designer
Recourtney Design Studio, LLC, Redford, MI
(Formerly Redpicked, LLC)
Freelance design practice
Provided design, development and consultation to small businesses and individuals. Projects included: Brand identity, invitations, posters, flyers, lettering, line illustrations and web design.
2011-2015 :: In-house Graphic Designer
The Dental Advisor, Ann Arbor, MI
Research, training and product publication
Responsible for printed collateral, branding, icons/award badges, web graphics, eblasts and print advertising, PowerPoint slides, conference/symposium banners, table displays, forms, data infographics and front-end HTML website support.
2006-2011 :: Graphic Designer and Developer
Media Genesis, Troy, MI
Internet services firm
Designed digital graphics/illustrations, web layouts, banner ads, identity collateral and icons for client businesses and in-house. Produced standard-compliant and cross-browser compatible websites using XHTML/HTML 4-5, CSS 2-3 and Jquery library. Edited e-learning modules for Flash sale courses.

Service/ Outreach

04.17 :: AP Curriculum Enrichment Day
Wayne State University
Presented 2D lecture to high school students in advanced placement courses
05.2016-06.2016 :: Letterpress Shop Volunteer
Detroit Historical Society
Cleaned and conducted inventory of type cases and image plates
05/2015 and 05/2016 :: Artist Group Lectures
Wayne State University
Presented current work to general public

Group Exhibitions

07.2017–10.2017 :: Bent, but Unbroken
Charles H. Wright Museum, Detroit, MI
Curated by Charles H. Wright and Things Feel Heavy
02.2017–03.2017 :: Fluid Impressions
Wayne State University, Art Department Gallery
2017 WSU MFA Thesis Exhibition (2-student show)
Curated by the graduating artists and Art Department Gallery
02.2016 :: Just My Type
Whitdel Arts, Detroit, MI
Curated by Joel Grothaus and Lee Marchalonis of Signal Return
12.2015 :: DE:limit
Galerie Camille, Detroit, MI
Curated by Clara W. DeGalan
04.2014 :: Ritual
The Jam Handy, Detroit, MI
Curated by Daniel McCafferty and Wes Taylor

Skills/ Interests

  • Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud: Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign
  • Microsoft: Word and PowerPoint
  • iWork: Pages and Keynote
  • Dreamweaver, Notepad++, XHTML/CSS, WordPress
Mediums of Interests
Textile/Fabric, Embroidery, Typography, Paper, Silk Screen and Digital Prints
Conceptual Interests
Narrative, History, Archive and Memory