Graphic Design: Visiting Designers

The School of Design regularly hosts visiting designers for public talks and workshops with students.


/ 2023

Christopher Sleboda and Katheleen Sleboda shared their publishing project Draw Down Books which connects their graphic design, image-making, and editorial illustration practice. Their teamwork expands to the classroom through classes taught at RISD, Boston University, the University of Connecticut, and Otis College of Art and Design. They have curated design exhibitions, organized art fairs, and collaboratively undertaken writing and research projects, and lectured jointly about typography, book design experimental form, and design pedagogy.聽

Image inside art and architecture building taken from above. Details two typographic messages, 'melt' and 'look closer'
Outcome from Sleboda workshop

Christopher and Kathleen conducted a with a group of students from across the College. While here they gave a public lecture entitled This Slash That: The Multifaceted Publishing Practice of Draw Down Books as part of the College of Architecture and Design Lecture Series.





/ 2022

Shelby Rinke is a designer, illustrator, and all-around color enthusiast who is currently based in sunny Arizona. Their work is consistently described as fun, vibrant, and colorful. Shelby loves contributing to projects that tell a story and spread joy. Bonus points if there鈥檚 humor involved. In addition to collaborating with brands, they create independent comics and zines that feature LGBTQ+ characters and themes. Aside from working on rad projects, you can find Shelby kayaking, watching space documentaries or cuddling their rescue dog, Harvey.

Technical skills can be taught, how your brain works is much more interesteng.
Screen from Shelby Rinke public lecture. March 2022.

Rinke’s multi-day workshop led students through the zine-making process creating a vibrant space for collaboration and conversation. Rinke also served as the 2022 graphic design division juror for the 75th Student Art Competition. While here they gave a public lecture entitled