Jenn Stucker

JENN-STRUCKER

PRINCIPAL, SiSU DESIGN,
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, BOWLING GREEN STATE UNIVERSITY, BOWLING GREEN OH

Jenn is a practicing designer at SiSU Design and an Associate Professor and Division Chair of Graphic Design at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Along with her constant dedication toward improving her teaching methods and sustaining design practice, her interests include Design as Artist and Practitioner, Design as Scholarship of Engagement, and Scholarship of Design Pedagogy. Her work has been published in several books including Graphic Design: The New Basics, Introduction to Graphic Design, and Collab + Design Education (forthcoming.) She has also received recognitions and citations in numerous design publications for her community projects: Urban Forest Project Toledo, You Are Here Toledo and The Sit&Tell Project. She is the co-founder and co-organizer of SWEAT (Summer Workshop for Experimentation and Thought) and co-editor of several self-published books produced through the workshop. Jenn is a founding board member of AIGA Toledo, serving in many leadership roles including past co-chair of two national AIGA Design Educators Conferences held in Toledo in 2010 and Bowling Green in 2016. She has presented at several conferences on both her teaching and research interests of community engagement.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Born in Wichita Falls TX and currently reside in Bowling Green OH

DID YOU GO TO DESIGN SCHOOL?
A BFA from BGSU and an MFA from Eastern Michigan University, both in Graphic Design

LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
Lefty

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Morning. The quiet is powerful and productive

FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU IDENTIFY WITH?
Janus

ARE YOU MUSICAL AND/OR DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
I wish

FAVORITE BOOK?
Synchrodestiny by Deepak Chopra, The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Bram Stoker’s Dracula by Francis Ford Coppola … the music, scene transitions, costumes, Gary Oldman, a love story

FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
Outlander

FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM?
Instagram

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Judy Chicago, Georgia O’Keeffe, Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder

FAVORITE CHARITY?
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Toledo

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Running, lots of running

COLLECT ANYTHING?
Swatch Watches

COLOR USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
What’s most appropriate for the content

TYPEFACE USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
Emona

DOES PRINT HAVE A ROLE IN YOUR DESIGNS?
Quite often, tactility and physicality matters

DESIGN MENTOR/INSPIRATION/HERO?
Rick Valicenti, Keetra Dean Dixon, April Greiman

GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
Strength is a willingness to step-up whenever/ however is needed; weakness is overcommitment

ADVICE TO A YOUNG DESIGNER JUST STARTING OUT?
Align your work and time to your values

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
A midwife

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Bloom Where You Are Planted

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