My teaching philosophy is based on a strong conviction to encourage students to creatively explore design problems while developing meaningful solutions that draw upon principles of design.
In the classroom, it is necessary to creatively challenge students. Allowing for engaging explorations of design problems is important for sustaining an environment conducive to seriousness, creativity, and authenticity. To foster such an environment I find it helpful to have students communicate their intentions both through writing and speaking. This interaction helps to create an atmosphere of confidence and trust where ideas can be shaped and discussed freely. Additionally, writing and speaking elicit meaningful dialogue and constructive criticism.
In my teaching, I seek to foster meaningful design solutions. At all levels of design, a balance is needed between teaching practical foundations and theoretical explorations. Designers must develop the appropriate skills needed for professional endeavors and be capable of applying a broad base of design principles and techniques forged from extensive knowledge and comprehension of the design field. However, it is also my belief that design students must formulate a deeper understanding and exploration of visual communication to truly become great designers. Students need to question, analyze, and discuss preconceived design solutions. In my classroom, I try to encourage students to observe their surroundings in order to draw from other areas of society. In my opinion, taking this approach to solving design problems will allow students the ability to design appropriately for any application.