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The School of Art and Design, and graphic design faculty are excited to welcome Dan Elliott to East Carolina University. Dan will join ECU as a tenure-track faculty member in January, and will be teaching coursework across the graphic design curriculum, including interactive graphic design.
Dan Elliott is a designer that believes graphic design has the power to affect change. He strives to create culturally relevant and authentically designed artifacts that communicate and solve problems. Dan often collaborates with non-profit organizations allowing their often unnoticed voice to be heard.
He received his undergraduate degree in Graphic Design from Illinois State University and his MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Dan has taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago and most recently served as the Head of the Graphic Design program at Harrington College of Design in Chicago. He has worked professionally as a graphic designer in both Chapel Hill and Chicago with clients ranging from large financial institutions to a local independent skateboard maker. Dan will be relocating to Greenville with his wife, two boys, and his beard.
Growing up near Chicago, he loves the cold, but doesn't mind the ability to ride his motorcycle without getting frostbite.
Craig Malmrose is a graphic designer with many years of experience in creating visual solutions for businesses and corporations, non-profit groups, and benevolent organizations. The work has won numerous awards for excellence in design at the local, regional, and national levels including being recently published by the American Advertising Federation and Print magazine.
He holds degrees from the State University of New York and Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied graphic design, typography, visual semiotics, and computer programming. His MFA studies were with design education legend Roger Remington.
In addition to being a successful graphic designer, Mr. Malmrose is the founder and owner of the Trade Union Press, a private press facility devoted to the preservation and practice of historical typographic methodology and fine printing. Mr. Malmrose has produced notable posters, broadsides, books, and other material using traditional letterpress processes.
He resides just south of the Great Dismal Swamp with three cats and an assortment of comely reptiles. He always passes on the left and returns his videos on time.
Gunnar Swanson is a graphic designer with over thirty years of professional experience. His work has been honored with over 100 awards and publications. Dozens of his articles about graphic design have appeared in the academic and trade press and his essays have been reproduced in several anthologies of graphic design writing. He was the editor of the Allworth Press book Graphic Design & Reading, the co-editor of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Zed3 and has been invited to speak about graphic design and design education in the US, Australia, Canada, and England.
His MFA is in graphic design from California State University and his undergraduate degree is in art history from UCLA. He worked testing scuba equipment and teaching diving, as a prop maker, stage hand, and carpenter before his design career. He taught graphic design and design history at Otis College of Art and Design, UCLA Extension, the University of Minnesota, Duluth, the University of California Davis, and Loyola Marymount University. He was the director of the multimedia program at California Lutheran University.
The graphic design faculty at ECU has a variety of backgrounds and interests but we share a commitment to craft, typographic detail, and the intellectual analysis of design. The faculty is award winning, widely published, and internationally known.
Additionally, guest artists, designers, and critics visit East Carolina University. In recent years, designer/poster artist James Victore, letterpress printers Jim Sherraden (of Hatch Show Print) and Amos Kennedy, art director Patrick Flynn, and illustrators Sue Coe, David McLimans, and Kyle Webster have given talks and done workshops. ECU regularly hosts guest artists in related areas such as photography and printmaking and design alumni including Todd Coats and Matt Muñoz visit frequently.