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John Corrigan

Central Air Nomadic Art Space

Minneapolis, MN, USA
I am a strong advocate for the process of design. My goal is to produce impassioned designers with a thorough working knowledge of design systems, conceptual applications, and the means for critical and applied design. I believe that teaching design must fundamentally lay the groundwork of formal structure, offering the ultimate power to confidently manipulate every conceptual aspect of form. Scale, rhythm, hierarchy, typography, symmetry, grids, color, sign, and symbol must systematically be applied to an array of visual communication. Educating young designers about the principal functions of design stimulates their success as visual problem-solvers.

In every stage of design education I feel it is necessary for students to write and conduct research. By reinforcing the research process and encouraging the development of students’ critical writing skills help young designers become equipped to defend his/her own design decisions and creatively respond to the work of their peers. Graphic design is bound to the written word, strong language skills allow for a better understanding of hierarchy, structuring content in an appropriate and meaningful context for the intended audience.

Contemporary designers must navigate through technical advancements and new media. It is my view that the act of making must be taught alongside the act of thinking. Design solutions extend beyond mere aesthetics toward cultural development and influence, social responsibility, and personal voice. As the design profession moves forward it has begun to closely resemble the film industry where collaboration is crucial. Collaborative efforts encourage a richness and depth unseen by singular identities. Collaboration can identify pre-existing strengths and encourage new skill sets to develop.
The rules and formal gestures of design remain present in everything we produce. Each of us – through our unique voice and visual aesthetic – has the ability to develop increasingly complex visual solutions that reflect back upon that which we first learned. The concept of design is a process of organization, applicable to anything; chair or poster composition of words and pictures; a single photograph, or time-based interactive motion graphics consisting of a user defined experience.

Our duty – to encourage future designers; enable them to actively contribute to fields of study outside of graphic design. I strongly believe that we need to inform young designers to be highly motivated thinkers capable of creating innovative solutions to unanswered questions that are simultaneously familiar with the historical time-line of design, and aesthetically foreign all the same.

My teaching methodology blends traditional design practices with theory and historical reference, placing them in contemporary modules of expression. A comprehensive design project must combine technical aspects with form, function, audience awareness, and aesthetics. Graphic design basics must translate to comprehensive decision-making. Students must be taught and encouraged to confidently build and develop physical solutions to abstract concepts. Competent manipulation of text and image can be taught through hands-on physical exercises. Students must be taught to seamlessly convey intent through innovative production methods, whether it is meant for print, web, new media explorations, alternative and green material usage, animation, or sound.

Recently the graphic design community has discussed the expanding pedagogy in the discipline of design. Recent years has shown a paradigm shift from strict visual solutions towards idea based – strategic business solutions. A secondary shift consists of the increased need for media neutrality. The design entrepreneur has become an idea and project generator, able to react and create content, media solutions, new products, and services. Future training must adapt to reinforce and encourage these new demands and opportunities. Design education must evolve to a collaborative educational environment, able to cross media boundaries, taking design out of cloistered academia and unite resources with other departments and other institutions.
Work Experience
Washington, DC, USA
Sep 2007Aug 2008
Research Internship
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, D.C.
September 2007 – August 2008, paid research internship

Exhibitions Department, Fall 2007. Research assistant to historian Danny Greene. I developed and edited potential content for upcoming exhibition on Nazi Propaganda and anti-Semitism.

Collections Department, Spring 2008. Research assistant to art and acquisitions historian and curator Suzy Snyder. I was responsible for registering recent donations to the museum, providing detailed content listings and Deeds of Gift registration.

Exhibitions Department, Summer 2008. Research assistant to historian Ann Millin. Created and maintained image database for copyright clearance and permissions for online exhibition materials of Nazi propaganda.
Minneapolis, MN, USA
20042006
Europine
Design Consultant
Graphic Design, Marketing, Interior Design, Furniture Design
Minneapolis, MN, USA
20012002
Bamboo
Designer
Graphic Design, Marketing, Branding, Packaging, Restail Signage
Minneapolis, MN, USA
19992002
Radiator Art Exhibition Co.
Co-founder, Director/Curator
Art Exhibitions, Marketing, Curation, Graphic Design
New York, NY, USA
1998
Design/Writing/Research
Design Consultant
Compiled and designed 500 ARTISTS RETURN TO ARTISTS SPACE: 25 YEARS, with staff and editors at Design / Writing / Research, directed by Abbott Miller, New York
Menomonie, WI, USA
Aug 2011Present
Lecturer
Lecturer, Department of Design, University of Wisconsin–Stout. Teaching sections in Graphic Design I-II, Publication Design, Digital Typeface Design; Independent study, Zines: The Art of Self Publishing. Fall 2011, WinTerm January 2012. Academic Calendar: 2011–2012, 2012–2013.
Continuing Education
• Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine. Woodcarving taught by Bob Trotman, summer 1995.

• The Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Poetry Journal, taught by Grace Willow Morgan, spring 1999.

• 2012 Open Book Workshop, Lake Anne, MI. Sponsored and programed by Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI summer 2012.
Education
Minneapolis, MN, USA
19892004
Bachelors of Fine Art
BFA — Graphic Design and Typography
Baltimore, MD, USA
20062008
Masters of Fine Art —Graphic Design
MICA GD:MFA
Exhibitions
Dimension And Typography: A Survey Of Letterforms In Space And Time. I Space Gallery, Chicago, IL. January 2009.

Artcrank 2007. Invitational Poster Show, One on One, Minneapolis, MN. April 2007.

Ms. Matched. Ivy Lounge, Minneapolis, MN. September 2005.

The Mayor of Uptown. Central Air :: Nomadic Art Space, Minneapolis, MN. February 2005.

89th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition. Juried show, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN. August 2000.

Radiator .001– UltraNormal. Group exhibition, Radiator Art Exhibition Company, Minneapolis, MN. September 1999.

First Alert: prints and drawings. Dunn Brothers Coffee Gallery, Minneapolis, MN. November 1995.

84th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition. Juried show, Merit Award – drawings, Minnesota State Fair, St. Paul, MN. August 1995.

Selections. Invitational exhibition, Minneapolis College of Art and Design. August 1994.
Skills
 
Adobe Creative Suite, Font Lab Studio, Sketch Up, Font Struct, Screenprinting, Letterpress, Photography, worpress, Copywriting
Publications
• RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS — Self Published •

Graphic Expression of Internment. John P. Corrigan. Published independently, blurb.com. Baltimore, MD, 2008.

Nazi Anti-Semitic Propaganda: Historic Visual Survey. John P. Corrigan. Published independently, lulu.com. Baltimore, MD, 2007.

• FEATURED PUBLICATIONS •

“Exhibition Catalogs.” Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book, by Ellen Lupton. MICA and Princeton Architectural Press, 2008. Pages 40, 43, 96-97, 98-101.

Graphic Design: The New Basics, by Ellen Lupton, Jennifer Cole Phillips. Princeton Architectural Press, and Maryland Institute College of Art, 2008. Pages 132, 176-177, 179.

• PUBLICATION DESIGN •

Violet Jo: A divine Spark. Photography by Daniel Peet. Central Air :: Nomadic Art Space, 2011.

Type + Code: Processing For Designers. By Yeohyun Ahn, and Viviana Cordova. MICA: Center for Design Thinking, 2009.

NoNegative: Photographic works by Jerome Page Tobias.
Central Air Nomadic Art Space. 2007.

500 Artists Return To Artists Space: 25 Years. Artists Space, New York, NY. 1998.

2wice: visual/culture/document. Uniform, Vol. 2, No. 2. 2wice Arts Foundation. 1998.