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Deborah Beardslee

Associate Professor
School of Design
College of Art and Design

585-475-2664
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Deborah Beardslee

Associate Professor
School of Design
College of Art and Design

Education

BFA, Syracuse University; MFA, Virginia Commonwealth University

585-475-2664

Currently Teaching

GRDE-599
1 - 6 Credits
Graphic Design Independent Study will provide students with the ability to focus in a specialized area of graphic design with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, will propose a course of study. The independent study student must obtain permission of an instructor and department by completing the Independent Study Proposal Form to enroll.
GRDE-308
3 Credits
This course will focus on design problem solving for three-dimensional spaces and environments. Design process, initial concepts, and final design solutions are developed to assist users in negotiating various interior and exterior environments. Areas of application may include: architectural graphics, signage systems, exhibit design, themed museum experiences, and dynamic environments. Two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and digital design attributes are incorporated using appropriate materials and software.
GRDE-498
1 - 6 Credits
This course exposes students to the professional environment through outside job opportunities in graphic design studios, advertising agencies, corporate communications departments, and other acceptable organizations. Students will work under the guidance of art directors, creative directors, senior graphic designers, or marketing communications managers and perform creative work that is educational and meaningful for their short-term academic goals as well as their long-range career preparation. Documentation of the experience is required and final review from employer is obtained. The appointed faculty adviser will meet with the student upon completion for final evaluation for a grade. Students must obtain pre-approval of their department and complete the Internship Approval Form. Credit earned is used toward elective credits.
GRDE-301
3 Credits
This course will explore information design. Problem-solving focuses on functional requirements, information transmission, accessibility, and design structure across a range of formats. Applied problems are solved through principles of systems thinking, structure, diagrammatic interpretation, and the visual display of information. This course will build upon the principles and theories learned in Graphic Design Studio II with project solutions developed for print media, motion and digital use.
VCDE-741
3 Credits
This course focuses on the functions of environmental graphic design in a three-dimensional environment. Through studies of theory of environmental design, exploration and conceptual development, design solutions are directed to assist users in negotiating, or wayfinding, through a space or environment, to identify, direct and inform. Topics include learning methods, communication theory, ergonomics, visual hierarchy, design principles and process. Areas of application include architectural graphics, signage systems, dynamic environments, mapping, exhibit design, museum experiences, and themed environments. Students also explore how to integrate both two- and three-dimensional components to develop physical and digital-based environments.

Featured Work

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Invited Paper
Beardslee, Deborah. "Experiential Graphic Design Curriculum Strategies." SEGD Academic Task Force Member, Workbook Submission. (2019). Web.
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Beardslee, Deborah. Expectations. n.d. Main Street Arts Gallery, Clifton Springs, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Ruminations. n.d. Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Expectations. n.d. RIT Bevier Gallery, Rochester. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Untitled; Untitled (2 Ink Drawings). 2017. Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Open Mike / Digital Photograph. 2017. Bevier Gallery / CIAS / RIT, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Open Mike II / Digital Photograph. 2017. Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Ascendants / Photographic Juxtaposition. 2017. 18th Gateway to Imagination National Juried Exhibition / Farmington Art Museum, Farmington, New Mexico. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Pleiades / Digital Photograph. 27 Aug. 2017. 16th National Animal Art Juried Exhibition / Irving Art Association, Irving, Texas. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Optimism I / Digital Photograph. 2017. In Transit National Juried Exhibition / Honorable Mention Award / Art League Rhode Island, Providence, Rhode Island. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Invited Artist / Solo Exhibition: 12 Works / Bausch & Lomb Rotating Art Program. 2017. Bausch & Lomb International Headquarters, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Untitled. Jan. 2016. Image City Photography Gallery, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Iteration. Feb. 2016. Mill Arts Center, Honeoye Falls, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Pleiades. Dec. 2016. Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. 2 Submissions: D/E/M/H, D/Pleiades. Oct. 2016. RIT Bevier Gallery, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Untitled. Jun. 2016. Rochester Contemporary Arts Center, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Obligation. Nov. 2015. Small Works Exhibition / Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Optimism. May 2015. Structurally Speaking Exhibition / Main Street Arts, Clifton Springs, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Conference. Jan. 2015. Magic of Light Exhibition / Image City Photography Gallery, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Phased. Feb. 2015. Through the Looking Glass Exhibition / Mill Art Center & Gallery, Honeoye Falls, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Aligned. Feb. 2015. Through the Looking Glass Exhibition / Mill Art Center & Gallery, Honeoye Falls, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Steeped. Feb. 2015. Through the Looking Glass Exhibition / Mill Art Center & Gallery, Honeoye Falls, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Look! Nov. 2015. Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Ideation. Nov. 2015. Mill Art Center & Gallery, Honeoye Falls, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. Phased. Oct. 2015. William Harris Gallery / RIT, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. 2014 Five Digital Photographic Juxtapositions. 2014. The Mill Art Center & Gallery, Fast Forward: Digital Work Juried Exhibition, Honeoye Falls, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. 2014 Lineage, Ascendants. 2014. RIT Bevier Gallery, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. 2014 Concurrence. 2014. The Mill Art Center & Gallery, Members Exhibition, Honeoye Falls, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. 2014 Descendants. 2014. Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Members Exhibition, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. 2014 Conference. 2014. Image City Photography Gallery, Magic of Light Exhibition, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. 2013 Royalty Digital Photograph. 2013. Image City Photography Gallery, Magic of Light Exhibition, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. 2013 Systems/Collaboration Digital Photographic Juxtaposition. 2013. RIT Gallery R, Art of Deception Exhibition, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. 2013 Untitled Digital Photograph. 2013. Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Member's Exhibition, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. 2013 On the Road Digital Photograph. 2013. Rochester Contemporary Art Center, Members Exhibition, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. 2013 Optimism I, II Digital Photographic Sequence. 2013. RIT Bevier Gallery, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Beardslee, Deborah. 2013 Home Digital Photographic Juxtaposition. 2013. RIT Bevier Gallery, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Invited Article/Publication
Beardslee, Deborah. "Graduated Skills: EGD Bridges & Progressions for Graphic Design Undergrads." SEGD.org. (2018). Web.
Beardslee, Deborah. "Inclusive, High Quality Decisions? Macro/Micro Impacts Within Our Everyday Experiences." SEGD Online Publication. (2014). Web.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Beardslee, Deborah. "Graduated Skills: EGD Bridges & Progressions for Graphic Design Undergrads." Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD) Academic Summit. SEGD. Minneapolis, MN. 6 Jun. 2018. Conference Presentation.
Beardslee, Deborah. "Activating the Archives through Information Design" Students' Explanatory Diagrams and Time-based Solutions / Vignelli Center for Design Studies." College Art Association Conference. College Art Association (CAA). Washington, DC. 4 Feb. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Beardslee, Deborah. "Interjection / Integration: Devising Charrettes & Critiques for Experiential Graphic Design Classrooms." Society for Experiential Graphic Design Conference / Academic Summit. Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD). Seattle, WA. 9 Jun. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Beardslee, Deborah. "Developing Experiential Graphic Design Assignments: Systems Flex and Other Eccentric Pedagogical Strategies." International Visual Literacy Association Conference. International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA). Montreal, Canada. 6 Oct. 2016. Conference Presentation.
Beardslee, Deborah. "Inclusive, High Quality Decisions? Macro/Micro Impacts Within Our Everyday Experiences." Society for Experiential Graphic Design National CONVERGENCE Conference / Academic Summit. Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD). Atlanta, GA. 5 Jun. 2014. Conference Presentation.
Beardslee, Deborah. "Design Education in Support of the Elderly: Methods, Strategies and Solutions Related to Aging and Physical Ability." 3rd International Interdisciplinary Aging and Society Conference. Common Ground Publishing. Chicago, IL. 7 Nov. 2013. Conference Presentation.
Beardslee, Deborah. "Design Adaptation and Invention for the Elderly: Unexpected Influences and Approaches." Aging and Society Conference. Common Ground / University of California. Berkeley, CA. 8 Nov. 2011. Conference Presentation.
Museum Collection Acquisition
Beardslee, Deborah. Concurrence / Photographic Juxtaposition. Digital Photography. Bausch & Lomb Corporate Permanent Art Collection. (2017).