Rebecca Tegtmeyer is a graphic design educator and practitioner. Through her active research, writing, making, and teaching agenda she investigates the role of a designer and the creative process through a variety of forms—from static to dynamic, time-based to print. Working both individually and collaboratively she approaches design as a catalyst in facilitating systems that challenge and inspire—further extending the capabilities and responsibilities of a designer in today’s complex world. Current research projects focus on collaboration from a variety of perspectives from collaboration practices in design education to investigating the tools and processes for remote collaborative making. Rebecca is co-author and co-editor of the title, Collaboration in Design Education, with Marty Maxwell Lane. The forthcoming book will be published by Bloomsbury Academic in Fall 2020.
Rebecca is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Design and currently serves at the Associate Chair of the Department. She teaches undergraduates and graduates in the areas of interaction design, motion design, typography, user experience and branding design. She is an active contributor to both the new BFA in Graphic Design curriculum and the new BA in Experience Architecture degree program.
Her research has presented at several international and national conferences organized by the highest-ranking organizations in the design field such as: UCDA (University and College Designers Association), Cumulus Association (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media), DRS (Design Research Society), EAD (European Academy of Design) and the AIGA Design Educators Community. Rebecca is a three-time alumni of DesignInquiry, a non-profit educational organization devoted to researching design issues in intensive team-based gatherings. She has been an active member of the organizing committee for MODE (Motion Design Education) Summit and is currently a member of the AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC) Steering Committee.
Rebecca holds a BFA in Visual Communication from the University of Kansas and a Master of Graphic Design (MGD) from NC State University College of Design.
COLLABORATION IN DESIGN EDUCATION | Publication with Bloomsbury Academic
With Marty Maxwell Lane, Associate Professor of Graphic Design at University of Arkansas
The book is a comprehensive guide for students and practitioners who want to take a collaborative approach in their design practice. Authors Marty Maxwell Lane and Rebecca Tegtmeyer introduce a range of case study collaborations, both face-to-face and remote, and between individuals and groups. The book addresses the basics of getting started, planning ahead and reflecting on outcomes, alongside the issues that come up in collaborative work, e.g. cross-cultural exchange, or managing roles within a diverse team. Editorial commentary runs throughout the chapter introductions and case studies, with informatics illustrating key concepts and expanded ‘call out’ points in the martin. More complex case studies offer a ‘deep dive’ section to explain and share further details of the featured projects.
SPECULATING THE POSSIBILITIES FOR REMOTE COLLABORATIVE DESIGN RESEARCH: THE EXPERIMENTATIONS OF A DRAWING ROBOT
With Cat Normoyle, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at East Carolina University
Our research practices a critical approach to collaborative design making and speculates how present technologies shift future possibilities where interactions and exchanges are limited to those mediated by technological devices. We conduct a series of collaborative investigations prioritizing a critical making process over the final artifacts. In these investigations we consider and address the social and technological implications of how remote collaborative-making, mediated by augmented technical tools, might (1) foster new ways of thinking and making through play and experimentation (2) affect social interactions and empower people to become producers (3) affect relationships between collaborators and the technologies in use through transparent processes.