Barbara Martinson, Ph.D.
Professor/Director, Design Graduate Program
Specialties & Expertise
Color and Design
Word and image relationships
Course Titles (resident and outreach teaching)
GDes 1312 Color and Design in Two and Three Dimensions
GDes 4131 History of Graphic Design
GDes 4330 Surface Design Workshop
GDes 5388 Graphic Design Research
GDes 8361 Color Design and Factors of Human Perception
Monsen, K. A., Martinson, B., Lawrence, E. C., Maki, T. A., Stromme, A. E., Weirich, E. G., & Martin, K. S. (2016). Toward population health literacy, wellbeing, consumer engagement, and information exchange: Developing Omaha System icons for digital platforms. International Journal of Healthcare, 2, 1, 71-81.
DeLong, M., & Martinson, B. (2012). Color and Design. London:Berg Publications.
Fraher, R., & Martinson, B. (2011). Process and Pedagogy in Undergraduate Graphic Design Education. The Design Journal 14.4.
Zollinger, S., & Martinson, B. (2010). Do all designers think alike? What research has to say. Institute for Learning Styles Journal, 1.
Fraher, R., & Martinson, B. (2009). A requiem to modernism: The future has arrived. Multi: The Journal of Diversity and Plurality in Design.
Martinson, B., Zollinger, S., & Gardner, C. (2009). The influence of learning styles on design students’ academic progress. FATE in Review 30, 29-35.
Martinson B., & Chu, S. (2008). Impact of learning style on achievement when using course content delivered via a game-based learning object. In R. E. Ferdig (Ed.), Handbook of Research on Effective Electronic Gaming in Education. Pennsylvania: IGI Global. 478-488.
Martinson, B., & Chu, S. (2006). Cross-cultural comparison on attributing meaning to corporate logos. In Frascara, J. (Ed.), Designing Effective Communication. Allworth Press. 201-215.
Gardner, C., & Martinson, B. (2005). Exploring binding in color and object memory. Journal of Visual Literacy 25 (2), 249-257.
Martinson, B. (2005). The journey to school. In K. Murlock Jackson, (Ed.), Childhood Rituals.Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. 93-99.
Martinson, B., & Chu, S. (2003). Graphic assimilation: New immigrants and social identity. Visible Language 37 (2), 222-233.
Chu, S., & Martinson, B. (2003). Cross cultural comparison of the perception of symbols.Journal of Visual Literacy 23 (1), 69-80.
Martinson, B. (2015). Irvine Park. Materialities: Contemporary Textile Arts International Exhibition. Surface Design Association Members Exhibition. Gallery Arrowmont, Gatlinburg, Tennessee. August 27 – October 31, 2015. Work is published in the exhibition catalogue.
Martinson, B. (2015). Shores of Atlantis: Blue and Orange. Wild Fabrications travelling exhibition developed by the Studio Art Quilt Associates. Venues include three international quilt festivals and a museum exhibition at the Milwaukee Museum of Art.
Martinson, B. (2010). Despair: Hope. Coastal Fiber Arts Exhibition. Clatsop Heritage Museum, Astoria, Oregon. August 6-September 15.
Martinson, B. (2015). Shores of Atlantis: Green and Gold. Wild Fabrications travelling exhibition developed by the Studio Art Quilt Associates. Venues include three international quilt festivals and a museum exhibition at the Milwaukee Museum of Art.
Martinson, B. (2013). Interdependence. The Quilt: The Art of Our Community. College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN. February 25 – April 1.
Martinson, B. (2011) Structures in Cloth. Studio Art Quilt Associates traveling exhibition; Arvada Art Center May – July 2011; Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO Oct. 15 – Jan. 21, 2012; Fort Collins Museum of Art, February 15 – April 29, 2012.
Martinson, B. (2007). Urbane Density. Screenprint on fabric, quilted.Art=Quilts=Art, Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center. Auburn, New York.
Martinson, B., & Chu, S. (2015). Social Comparison Theory and the Design Classroom. Proceedings of the LearnXDesign: The third international conference for design education researchers. Sponsored by the Design Research Society and Cumulus. June 28-30. School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Martinson, B. (2015). Visual Literacy: Developing a Set of Icons for the Omaha System. The Omaha System International Conference: A Key to Practice, documentation, and information management. Sponsored by the University of Milwaukee, College of Nursing. April 16-18. Eagan, Minnesota
Martinson, B. (2014). Intersections in learning: Building bridges between disciplines. AIGA Educators Conference New Ventures. Sept. 11-13. Portland, Oregon.
Monson, K. & Martinson, B. (2014). Development of a visual literacy standard to promote health literacy using the Omaha System. American Public Health Association annual meeting. November 15-19. New Orleans, Louisiana.
Martinson, B. & Monson, K. (2014). Visual semantics of form and color: dual considerations in visual communication for healthcare system. International Visual Literacy Association. November 5-8. Toledo, Ohio.
Martinson, B. & Hokanson, B. (2013). Veering Off the Path: A Manifesto for Curiosity and Creativity Supported by Design-Based Research. Teaching and Learning in Changing Times. University of Minnesota, October 4.
Martinson, B. (2013). The Quick-fire challenge: A valuable catalyst for ideas and discussion. PostHaus: Foundations in Art, Theory, and Education. Savannah GA. April 3-6.
Martinson, B. (2010). The influence of the Swedish Handcraft movement and Mondernism on contemporary Swedish design. American Swedish Institute, January 29. Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Martinson, B., & Zollinger, S. (2009). The influence of learning styles on design students’ academic progress. Proceedings of the European Learning Styles Information Network 14th annual conference. June 17-19. Bulle-en-Gruyère, Switzerland.
Martinson, B. (2009). Teaching color perception: A tutorial on practice-based research in design. Inter-Society Color Council Annual Conference Program. June 7. Rochester Institute of Technology. Rochester, New York.
Honors and Awards
Outstanding Teaching Award (2014) College of Design, University of Minnesota.
Outreach Award: Designing the Future: Community Strategies. With S. Gahring, M. Bruin, and D. Pitt (2008). College of Design, University of Minnesota.
E-Teaching/Learning Award (2004). College of Human Ecology, University of Minnesota
Best Fiber/Batik Work (2011). Where Do Your Live? Arts in Harmony National Juried Exhibition. Feb. 7-Mar. 24. Sherburne County Government Center, Elk River, Minnesota.
First Place Award (2006). Clandestine Incantations. Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. August 24-September 4.
Juror’s Choice Award (2005). Textile Center Tenth Anniversary Poster. Design Educators’ National Exhibition. Virtual Exhibition, http://www.okstate.edu/dene
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