“The Most Sensational, Inspirational, Celebrational, Muppetational” : Collaboration via Showcraft as a Foundational Practice in Graphic Design Education


Foundations in graphic design education have traditionally borrowed heavily from or been wholly integrated with foundations for studio art practice. This session explores using network building, research, and collaboration through the lens of event production as an alternative foundation for design education that offers students greater agency from the start of their college careers by giving them a better sense of available paths from design professionals, and discusses lessons learned from integrating event production strategies in more literal and abstract forms into graphic design curricula at higher levels.


Sean Schumacher
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, School of Art + Design, Portland State University, Oregon, United States


Presentation Type

Innovation Showcase


Design Education


Collaboration, Agency, Student Leadership

Digital Media

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