Marc is a graphic designer, art director, and design educator based in Seattle, WA.

Teaching CV

Marc is a Seattle-based graphic designer, art director, and design educator.

As a design educator, I'm interested in encouraging students to develop a design practice that values the relationship between content and context, and how these come together to resolve information through meaningful visual forms. Whether it's through a digital platform, an identity system, or the design of an exhibition catalog, students should be equipped to be mindful of what they're working on, the tools they're working with, and who they're designing for.

My teaching practice is also rooted in creating a space where students can work through personal interests in order to grow as designers. Emphasis is placed on cultivating unique perspectives and enabling students to discover what is important to them within the landscape of contemporary design.

 

Where I’ve taught —

The School of Visual Concepts
Seattle, WA

Maryland Institute College of Art
Baltimore, MD

Parsons The New School for Design
New York, NY

Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI



Courses I’ve taught —

See below ↓


Visual Design for UX

Instructor
School of Visual Concepts
UX Certificate Program
Winter 2019
Winter & Summer 2018

 

This course introduced students to visual design fundamentals including Gestalt principles, grids, color theory, and typography—as they pertain to the screen. The students, most of whom are enrolled in the UX program at the School of Visual Concepts, were tasked with developing a high-fidelity web and mobile prototypes that demonstrated not only their skills in user research and information architecture, but also their ability to shape text and content visually through design. The course included a combination of instructor-led weekly lectures and regular critiques of student work. Readings and outside resource materials supplemented the course work.


Graphic Design 4

Part-Time Lecturer
Maryland Institute College of Art
Junior Studio
Spring 2017 & Spring 2016

Guest Critic —
Emily Rye (Design Agency)

 

This junior studio at MICA aimed to develop strengths in conceptual thinking and formal experimentation. Students were encouraged to develop languages of design that reflected their own artistic and cultural identities. Assignments were designed to facilitate complex projects with multiple components. In addition to a long-term systems design project, students tackled designing identities for The National Park Service, iterated on concepts for a film festival, and worked on writing assignments in order to help reinforce and articulate concepts.


Advanced Design 2: Thesis

Part-Time Lecturer
Maryland Institute College of Art
Senior Studio
Fall 2016

Guest Critic —
Olivia Verdugo (The Barnes Foundation)

Research Instruction —
Siân Evans (MICA Decker Library)

 

This senior-level capstone course required the development of a self-directed, independent thesis project. Students were required to conduct thorough research, produce supplementary writing, and demonstrate appropriate presentation and verbal skills. In addition to an individual project, students worked together to develop a collaborative thesis exhibition consisting of an identity, branding, and signage. The identity utilized two-color RISO printing and basic office supply paper, a reflection of the students' budget and need for a quick and efficient means of production.


Advanced Design 1

Part-Time Lecturer
Maryland Institute College of Art
Senior Studio
Fall 2015

Guest Critic —
Olivia Verdugo (The Barnes Foundation)

Field Trip —
The Baltimore Museum of Art

 

This senior studio at MICA prepared students to enter professional practice with a series of intensive, complex projects aimed at portfolio development. Emphasis was placed on cultivating the student’s personal interests and abilities, editing and refining the range and quality of portfolio work, and crafting a comprehensive self-presentation package to serve as an extension of the work. Projects included designing a personal design glossary, a graphic investigation of Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, developing a solution to a site-specific issue, and a multi-step project aimed at generating and shaping content via an archive generated by the class.


Brand Concepts

Part-Time Lecturer
Parsons The New School for Design
Sophomore Elective
Fall 2013

Guest Critics —
Eliza Fitzhugh (C&G Partners)
Dimitry Tetin of (Parsons and RISD)

Studio Visit —
Warby Parker 

 

This course, renamed "Brand Concepts", introduced students to the fundamentals of branding within contemporary and historic contexts. Two main projects were assigned for the course: an Olympic logo and a brand concept. The Olympic logo project challenged students to evaluate notions of "place" and how places can be framed and represented through identity systems. For the majority of the semester, students were required to develop their own unique business concept based on a personal or social concern. To articulate their projects, students produced extensive manuals that explained each business concept, the identity system, practical applications of the brand, signage, packaging, and social media strategies. To supplement the students' course work, a field trip to the eyeglass retailer Warby Parker's headquarters and Greene St. store was organized. At the culmination of the project, visiting critics from C&G Partners, Parsons, and RISD were invited to provide critique.


Contemporary Brand Concepts

Part-Time Lecturer
Parsons The New School for Design
Sophomore Elective
Spring 2013

Guest Critics —
Eliza Fitzhugh (C&G Partners)
Jake Lemkowitz (West Elm)
Taylor Stapleton (Jack Spade)

 

This course introduced students to the fundamentals of branding and demonstrates that a designer’s understanding of branding can not only make them effective visual communicators and form makers, but also potential entrepreneurs. Rather than select an existing brand to redesign, each student was required to develop their own unique business concept, specifically in the form of a restaurant. Students were encouraged to push beyond existing paradigms to create innovative business models based their core concept and personal interests. To articulate their projects, students were required to produce multi-page manuals that explained each restaurant concept, the identity system, practical applications of the brand, signage, packaging, and social media strategies. At the culmination of the project, visiting critics from various NYC-based studios and brands — C&G Partners, West Elm, and Jack Spade — were invited to provide professional critique.


Senior Degree Project: Thesis

Graduate Teaching Assistant
Rhode Island School of Design
Senior Requirement
Spring 2011

 

This senior-level degree thesis course served as the culmination of the BFA Graphic Design education at RISD. Through an entire semester of research, ideation, experimentation, and critique, students worked through independent projects, which in their final states, were presented before a panel of design faculty and visiting critics. Responsibilities as graduate teaching assistant, for instructor Richard Rose, included co-leading critiques and introducing students to supplemental research materials and concepts. Students were met with regularly throughout the scope of their projects and were guided through the development their final presentations.


other experience —


Patterns
Part-Time Lecturer — Maryland Institute College of Art — Baltimore, MD — Spring 2017

Portfolio Reviews
Visiting Critic — Hostos Media Design Program — New York, NY — Spring 2014

Senior Thesis
Visiting Critic — Parsons The New School for Design — New York, NY — Fall 2013

Graphic Design Workshop
Instructor — Rhode Island School of Design — Providence, RI — Fall 2010

Making Meaning
Graduate TA — Rhode Island School of Design — Providence, RI — Fall 2010

Typography 3
Graduate TA — Rhode Island School of Design — Providence, RI — Spring 2010

Form & Communication
Graduate TA — Rhode Island School of Design — Providence, RI — Fall 2009