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Jessica Barness joined the faculty in the School of Visual Communication Design in 2012. She holds an MFA in design with a minor in writing studies from the University of Minnesota, and an MA and BA in art from the University of Northern Iowa. Previously, she taught graphic design courses at the University of Minnesota and worked in design and research with Conway+Schulte Architects in Minneapolis, MN. She also practiced professionally for a number of years as a senior product designer and design development manager in Chicago, IL.
Jessica's research through design investigates social issues, language and critical making/prototyping, with ongoing interests in sound/audio and new media. Her work has been exhibited at FILE Electronic Language Festival (Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo), HASTAC 2013 (Toronto) and published in the journals Visual Communication, Communication + Place, and Currents in Electronic Literacy. She has also given presentations on research and design education at national and international conferences, such as the International Committee for Design History and Design Studies Conference (ICDHS), SEGD Academic Summit, AIGA Design Educators Conference and HASTAC, among others. Her book and publication designs have won awards as part of juried exhibitions hosted by the College Book Art Association and the University & College Designers Association.
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