Marty Maxwell Lane

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Marty Maxwell Lane is a graphic design educator, maker, researcher and writer. Her research focuses on design that facilitates learning and empowerment through investigations pertaining to design pedagogy, collaboration, and participatory design. Her active role in the design community has led her to present at competitive conferences in Cyprus, Berlin, London, Rome, Toronto and the United States. Marty served as a regular writing contributor to the design magazine Parse (subsidiary of How magazine) and several other academic journals, magazines, and books such as Failing Forward and Type Rules! The Designer’s Guide to Professional Typography. As a long time AIGA member, Marty has served on numerous boards, including the Director of Education for the Kansas City chapter and she currently serves as the Co-Chair of the national AIGA Design Educators Steering Committee and advisor for the Northwest Arkansas Chapter. Marty is currently an Associate Professor of Graphic Design in the School of Art at the University of Arkansas, where she worked with colleagues to establish the first BFA in Graphic Design at the school. She teaches in all areas of design, ranging from introductory to advanced, print to digital, but specializes in teaching typography, social design and speculative technology. Marty is serving as the Interim Associate Director for the School of Art for the 2018–2019 academic year.  Prior to joining the University of Arkansas in the Fall of 2014, Marty taught at The Kansas City Art Institute (2010–2014) and Kent State University (2009–2010). Marty received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (honors) from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University’s College of Design. Before returning to school to obtain her Masters degree, Marty worked professionally as a designer in Chicago, where her work was recognized by AIGA, The Type Director’s Club and Print’s Regional Design Annual. As a mother of two young kids, Marty aims to be a mentor and supporter for other new moms navigating the world of tenure.