Debra Lawton has been teaching digital arts and graphic design for 14 years and enjoys bringing her real world experience of graphic design into the classroom. As a member of American Institute of Graphic Arts she works on the Education Committee to help create a dialog between education and the design community. She is involved in design for good and works with non profit organizations to help them better market themselves.
Students will develop both 'experimental' and 'practical' projects that will allow students to develop their own style, while being responsive to formal theory. Assignments include collaboration with a local business, departments within the college, or fictional scenarios that replicate the constraints a designer will face in the business community.
"I encourage students to create conceptual ideas through a process of research, ideation, and refinement so that they can create beautifully executed images with the end result to communicate the clients needs."
Specialties & Expertise
Symbol and logo developmen,
Course Number and Titles (resident and outreach teaching)
GDes 3353 Packaging and Display
GDes 3352 Identity and Symbols
GDes 2345 Typography
GDes 4345 Advanced Typography
GDes 4363 Portfolio
DES 3131 User Experience in Design
2014 H2wOe… Design Team exhibit, Arts Institute of MN.
Professional, Institutional, and Community Leadership and Service
2013–15 Executive Fundraising Committee, Lead Designer
2013 AIGA Minnesota, Education Committee
2010–12 InDesign User Group Participant, Twin Cities & Detroit Chapter
2010 AIGA Minnesota, Create. Don’t Hate. Team Member
2005 MadCAP (Madison Creative Arts Program), Designer