FI 109 | ext. 7705
Assistant Professor since 2012
MFA University of Utah
BA Western Washington University
Design Foundations, Graphic Design, New Media
Paula Airth: biped, designer and (almost) Washington-state native. Incurable thing-maker. Distrusts elevators.
Cristina de Almeida
FI 106C | ext. 3438
PROFESSOR since 1997
MFA University of Massachusetts
BFA Escola Superior de Desenho Industrial
Contemporary Design History, Computer Graphics, Publication Design and 3-D Graphic Design.
Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Professor Cristina de Almeida came to the United States twenty-two years ago to pursue graduate studies in Visual Design at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.
Along with client-based design projects, she engages in experimental work exploring the visual qualities of written language through several media ranging from artist's books to wall hangings. The books have been exhibited across the country, including at the Northwest Bookfest, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Pyramid Atlantic, University of Wisconsin, and Siggraph.
PROFESSOR since 1983; Emeritus
MFA Washington State University
MAT, BA Brown University
New Media, Computer Graphics, Drawing, Illustration, Visualization
FI 106B | ext. 3661
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR since 2008
MFA University of Illinois
BA University of Iowa
Web Design and Production, Digital Media Design, Motion Graphic Design, Digital Video, Senior Projects
Kacey Morrow is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of New Media Design at Western Washington University, teaching in the Art Department with a focus on motion graphics, digital video, web and interactive design. Prior to WWU, she was a full-time lecturer at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, teaching in the Graphic and Interactive Communications Department.
She achieved her MFA from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in Graphic Design/Narrative Media and received her BA from the University of Iowa in Graphic Design with a minor in Cinema and Comparative Literature.
Attending and speaking at conferences such as, Design Principles and Practices and Massaging Media 2: Graphic Design Education in the Age of Dynamic Media, she stays involved in discussions about the design field and lectures about her work in experimental video. Her videos have appeared in several film festivals and exhibitions nation-wide and have won awards for Best Experimental Film. She has works published in the literary journal Ninth Letter. Ninth Letter was featured in Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, How Design, and Step Inside, and was a competition finalist in SXSW Interactive Web Awards Competition. She also has years of professional experience in Chicago as a motion, print, and multimedia designer.
FI 109 | ext. 7705
Assistant Professor since 2013
MFA, BFA Florida Atlantic University
Interactive Design, Professional Practices, Graphic Design
Brittany Schade is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Interactive Design at Western Washington University. She teaches web design, mobile app design, motion graphics, and professional practices.
She earned her MFA and BFA in Graphic Design from Florida Atlantic University.
Schade embodies a diverse range of methods that she incorporates into her work, including interactive design, printmaking, working with experimental materials, custom lettering, and installation. She has received several awards for her work and has been recognized internationally in print and online publications. In addition, she has produced work for various clients around the country in publishing, packaging, corporate identity, web design, and mobile apps. Schade also travels to conferences to speak about design.
AA 252 | ext. 3423
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR since 1993
MFA Kent State University
MA, BFA Fort Hays State University
Graphic Design, Typography, Capstone, Design History
Elsi Vassdal Ellis
FI 113 | ext. 3461
PROFESSOR since 1977
PhD University of Washington
BS, MEd Western Washington State College
Design Production, Computer Graphics, Book Arts, Design History
Professor Vassdal Ellis teaches digital pre-press, offset and letterpress printing, graphic design history, materials and finishing, and book arts.
She has a BS in Visual Communication, MEd in Industrial Technology Education, and a PhD in Educational Communication with emphases in visual psychology and statistics.
She produces limited edition and unique books as EVE Press and exhibits her work nationally and internationally. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New Your City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library.