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Eric Benson was born in Arizona and raised in Mid-Michigan where he later received his BFA in graphic and industrial design from the University of Michigan in 1998. He worked professionally as a UI/UX designer at Razorfish and Texas Instruments before he received his MFA in design from the University of Texas at A… Read More
Eric Benson was born in Arizona and raised in Mid-Michigan where he later received his BFA in graphic and industrial design from the University of Michigan in 1998. He worked professionally as a UI/UX designer at Razorfish and Texas Instruments before he received his MFA in design from the University of Texas at Austin in 2006. His MFA thesis became the internationally recognized and award-winning sustainable design website www.re-nourish.com. His work with Re-nourish translated into an academic career where he currently is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research and teaching at Illinois laid the foundation to create the Fresh Press Agri-Fiber Paper Lab. Fresh Press explores the potential of papermaking to be zero waste, environmentally sustainable, and a catalyst for a thriving local economy.

Benson has published and lectured internationally on the importance of sustainable design. His work has also garnered numerous design awards and has been seen in notable venues like The Walker Art Center, the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Hammer Museum, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and RISD. He is also an active participant in the national design scene and local Champaign community serving on the AIGA Design Educators Community and on the board of directors at 40North and Common Ground Food Co-op. Benson, in his spare time, is a co-host on the irreverent pop culture podcast "Damian Duffy Hates Everything."
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  • Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
    University Of Ilinois — Champaign, IL, USA
  • Senior Designer
    Texas Instruments — Dallas, TX, USA
  • Senior Designer
    Dawson Duncan — Dallas, TX, USA
  • Senior Designer
    Razorfish — Cambridge, MA, USA
  • Associate Professor of Graphic Design
    University Of Illinois — Champaign, IL, USA
  • Junior Designer
    Lexicom Publishing — Ann Arbor, MI, USA
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