Shannon Connell, originally of Eldon, Missouri, has joined the faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf and is teaching in the NTID Visual Communication Studies Department.
He has more than 12 years of design experience, working as an art director, visual designer and production specialist before joining the NTID faculty. In his time with the college, Connell has taught classes in Raster/Vector Graphics, Graphic Design and Typography, History of Graphic Design, Identity Design and is co-teaching Web Design 1.
Connell earned his bachelor’s degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design from the University of Missouri. He also attended the University of Arkansas and the University of Central Arkansas where he focused his studies on traditional studio art methods with an emphasis in design communication principles. He won the Hermes Creative Award twice for his work as an art director at a digital agency in Saint Louis, Missouri. Connell intends to obtain his MFA with a focus on applying psychological and cultural perspectives into user experience design.
In his free time, Connell is an avid cyclist and cycles to campus from downtown Rochester on most days. In the past several years he has been involved in the bike racing community.