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Jan Conradi
Phone 856-256-4547

Jan Conradi

Jan Conradi joined Rowan University in 2009. She has over twenty years of experience in design education teaching an entire range of undergraduate design courses, but her primary focus is raising student understanding of design history and typography.

Jan’s newest book, Lella and Massimo Vignelli: Two Lives, One Vision, will be published by RIT Press in 2014. Her previous book, Unimark International: The Design of Business and the Business of Design, was published in 2010 by Lars Müller Publishers in Switzerland. She has also published numerious articles on design history and education, including Reading, Writing, Design and Communication, an essay for Typo #32; Slow Typography: Making Time for Excellence, published in Interrobang, journal of the Society of Typographic Aficionados; and Stewards of the Typographic Landscape: A Model for Education, presented as a feature article by Icograda. Her project and course materials have been featured in books by Phil Meggs, Rob Carter, Elizabeth Resnick, and Steven Heller.

Jan has been a guest lecturer at many other schools, including Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY New Paltz, Midwest Texas State University and UArts. She is frequently a presenter at conferences including AIGA Education conferences; the TypeCon conferences sponsored by The Society of Typographic Aficionados; and the Design Exchange International Conference in Toronto.

As Professor of Graphic Design at the State University of New York at Fredonia, she worked with colleagues to coordinate the graphic design program from 2000-2009. She taught graphic design and design history at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana from 1989-2000. Prior to her career in education, she was an Art Director at Wm. C. Brown Publishers in Dubuque, Iowa. Jan earned Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees at Iowa State University. She is a member of AIGA, the professional association for graphic design, and the Society of Typographic Aficionados (SoTA).