Marty Maxwell Lane is a graphic design educator, maker, researcher and writer. Her research is currently focused on design pedagogy, collaboration, participatory design methods and speculative interactive spaces that facilitate learning. 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). Her work has been published in books such as Failing Forward and Type Rules! The Designer’s Guide to Professional Typography, as well as in academic journals and magazines. As a long time AIGA member, Marty has served on numerous boards, including the Director of Education for the Kansas City chapter and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the national AIGA Design Educators Steering Committee.
Marty currently teaches Graphic Design in the Department of Art at the University of Arkansas, where she worked to establish the first BFA in Graphic Design at the school. In addition to numerous service commitments, she serves as the BFA Graphic Design advisor and coordinator for the department. Marty teaches in all areas of design, ranging from introductory to advanced, print to digital, but specializes in teaching typography, participatory design and speculative technology.
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.
photo credit: Novo Studio