Curriculum Vitae

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born 1984 detroit, mi
lives in champaign, il


2018–In Progress :: PhD, Library Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
2017 :: Master of Fine Arts, Art-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 Appointments

May 2020 – Present :: Graduate Teaching Assistant
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), School of Information Sciences
  • IS 101, Intro to Information Sciences
Aug. 2018 – May 2020 :: Graduate Research Assistant
UIUC, School of Information Sciences

[May 2019 – May 2020]

  • Project: Digital Publishing with SourceLab and History Harvest
  • Funding: CFHR (The Classroom and the Future of the Historical Record, A Humanities Without Walls Initiative)
  • Advisor: Bonnie Mak, Ph.D.
  • Assisted in projects’ overall public-outreach mission to make history scholarship (SourceLab) and historical objects (History Harvest) more accessible to the broader public by designing and developing custom templates for scholarly digital publications using Scalar. Also designed branding material to help promote public history research and access.

[May 2019 – Dec. 2019]

  • Project: Harold (Hal) Baron Digital Archival, Research, and Publication Project
  • Funding: Harold Baron Foundation
  • Advisor: Kathryn La Barre, Ph.D., Project Director
  • As part of a larger project to contribute unpublished material crucial to race, labor, and urban planning scholarship, accessed and inventoried archival documents of the late Hal Baron (former Director of Research for the Chicago Urban League and Chief Policy Advisor to Chicago Mayor, Harold Washington) in order to make his manuscripts and other papers accessible to research and public communities for continued use.

[Aug 2018 – May 2019]

  • Projects: openED Archive (UCIMC Archive, Urbana-Champaign
  • Independent Media Center) and ASIS&T
  • Advisor: Kathryn La Barre, Ph.D.
  • Supported projects’ goal to prepare and present histories of the organizations, preserve institutional memory, encourage ongoing research about the organizations, and to increase public accessibility to and interaction with community-made records. Support involved inventory of archival (local activist, artist, admin) materials, assisting in a zine fest for local independent publishers and zine workshop for children, tending to and photo-documenting archive/library spaces, and designing promotional material for public engagement.
2017–2018 :: Lecturer
Wayne State University (WSU), 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
WSU, 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)

Commercial Experience

2005-Present :: Independent Graphic Designer
Recourtney Design Studio, LLC, Champaign, IL
(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.


“Chaos and Conception in the openED Archive”
Accepted and under review for peer-reviewed journal, Library Trends, Vol. 69, Iss. 3, Winter, February 2021. Co-authored with Kathryn La Barre, Ph.D.

Keynote Presentation

Telling a Story with Data from an Artist’s Perspective
Webinar: Storytelling with Data, Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois (LACONI) Tech Program, 04.10.2020

Conference Presentations

Re-visiting and Re-visualizing Historical Data through Textile-Art Processes
University of Illinois Community of Scholars Research Symposium University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 03.29.2020
Name Mapping The Book of Negroes: A Material/Visual Study on Document Reproduction and Representation of Cultural Memory
University of Illinois Community of Scholars Research Symposium University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), 03.29.2020

Invited Lectures

Pursuing Art-Design as Research in Graduate School
Online Alumni Office Hours, Wayne State University’s Graphic Design Department and AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Student Chapter, 04.13.2020
Naming and Power within Name Travel, an Artwork-in-Progress: How Does/Can Incomplete Historical Information Matter?
UIUC iSchool Special Topics Course, Naming and Power, 02.24.2020
Design Consistency with Omeka Themes
UIUC History Course, History Harvest: Collaborative Digital Public History, 12.05.2019

Group Exhibitions

04–05.2020 :: Image of Research Virtual Exhibition
Curated by UIUC’s Scholarly Commons of the University Library and the Graduate College.
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


2nd Place, UIUC Image of Research Competition: Picture Your Impact
University-wide multi-disciplinary competition judged by panel, aimed towards celebrating the diversity and breadth of graduate student research at UIUC. Entries were judged for the connection between image, text, and research; originality, and visual impact.

Service/ Outreach

08.2019–Present :: iSchool Doctoral Student Association
UIUC: Served as Vice President. Registered Student Organization to advance academic, social, and advocacy interests of doctoral students. Coordination of monthly colloquiums focused on research/profile development and student wellness, student social events, and fostering communication between student and administrative bodies.
06.2019 :: Joint Conference on Digital Libraries
UIUC: Served as student volunteer during ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries: Table attendant, greeter, and gift bag preparer.
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

Skills/ Interests

Applications & Development

  • Adobe Creative Suite: Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign
  • Mac iWork: Pages, Numbers, Keynote
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Web Development: Dreamweaver, Notepad++, Jupyter Notebook, XHTML/CSS
  • Web Publishing Platforms: WordPress, Scalar

Mediums of Interests

Textile/Fabric, Embroidery, Typography, Paper, Silk Screen and Digital Prints