Kimberly M Mitchell, MFA

Kimberly M Mitchell Assistant Professor, Internship Co-Coordinator & AIGA Faculty Adviser
Northern Arizona University
Visual Communication
Blg COM 16 Rm #371
Phone: 928-523-2217

Research and teaching interests

As an educator, it is my ambition for students to pursue process and problem solving in design, but also to produce concepts and objects that unearth and reflect tendencies and directions within different societies. I want students to be passionate about what they create as well as being dedicated to the process of research and discovery of new creative concepts applicable to a client’s problem or needs. Presenting creative concepts is important in the classroom setting and I provide an atmosphere where the students feel comfortable doing that. As a designer and an educator, it is essential to provide the necessary instruments of communication that enables the students to connect their desire and needs through imagination to a marketplace or community. Through the many different mediums of design, I want my students to be able to communicate to a level only imagined. 

Courses offered

VC 101 Communication Design
VC 161 History of Visual Communication

VC 329 Typographics I
VC 330 Graphic Design I
VC 331 Typographics II
VC 333 Graphic Design III
VC 370 Environmental Graphic Design
VC 370 Publication Design 

Representative research and creative activity

Article (invited, editorially reviewed)

  • Melhus, Kimberly. “The Art of Graphic Design in a Globalized World," Article in NAU Global: A Publication of the Center of International Education, Spring 2010, p. 8, Northern Arizona University, Spring 2010.

Book (peer, editorially reviewed)

  • Melhus Mitchell, Kimberly. “Design for Aging Eyes: An In-depth Look at Fast-Food Outdoor Menu Displays,” Iowa University Press, 2008.

Chapter (invited, blind-peer reviewed)

  • Melhus-Mitchell, Kimberly. “Designing Spaces for Aging Eyes," in Advances in Affective and Pleasurable Design book, pp. 11-20, CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, 2013.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles: 

    • Melhus-Mitchell, Kimberly, "Graphic Design III- A Case Study: The Transition from Face to Face to an Online Format," The International Journal of Visual Design, Common Ground Publishing, 2013.
    • Melhus-Mitchell, Kimberly. “The Importance of Cross-discipline in an Undergraduate Graphic Design Curriculum” in Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Common Ground Publishing, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp. 129-148. Common Ground Publishing, 2011.
    • Melhus, Kimberly. “Usability Study of the Motorola Razr V3 Cellphone” in Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Journal Volume 4, Issue 5, July 2010, Common Ground Publishing.
    • Melhus, Kimberly. “The Art of Graphic Design in a Globalized World” an article in NAU Global: A Publication of the Center of International Education, Spring 2010 p. 8
    • Melhus, Kimberly. “Pet Ownership and the Effect on Elderly Health” in Gerinotes Section on Geriatrics, American Physical Therapy Association, 14: 6, November 2007, pp. 7-9.

    Conferences:

    • "Designing Spaces for Aging Eyes" at the 1st International Conference on Affective and Pleasurable Design at the 4th International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, San Francisco, July 2012. Paper presentation.
    • "Graphic Design III- A Case Study: The Transition from Face to Face to an Online Format" at the 6th Annual International Conference on Design Principles & Pfractices, UCLA, January 2012. Paper presentation.
    • “The Importance of Cross-discipline in an Undergraduate Graphic Design Curriculum” at the 5th Annual International Conference on Design Principles & Practices, Rome, February 2011. Paper presentation.
    • “Transitioning into the Virtual World” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2011. Panel discussion with Paul Bruski, Iowa State, and Min Sun Lee, University of Montevello
    • “Usability Study of the Motorola Razr V3 Cellphone” at the 4th Annual International Conference on Design Principles & Practices, Chicago, Illinois, February 2010. Paper presentation.
    • “The Rose of Ames: A Designer’s Perspective. A Series of Case Studies Involving the Design & Communication Within the Rose of Ames” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2010. Paper presentation.
    • “The Importance of Cross-Discipline in an Undergraduate Graphic Design Curriculum” at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 2010. Paper presentation.
    • “The Importance of Cross Discipline in an Undergraduate Graphic Design Curriculum” at the University and College Designer’s Association (UCDA), Mobile, Alabama, May 2009. Paper presentation.
    • “Social Impact of Design” at Premiere Graphics, Phoenix, Arizona. Invited speaker for an afternoon “lunch and learn” through Premiere Graphics, a design firm in Phoenix, Arizona.
    • “Design for Aging Eyes: A Look at Fast-Food Outdoor Menu Displays” at the 3rd Annual International Conference of Design Principles & Practices, Berlin Germany, February 2009. Paper presentation.

    Grants:

    • Flagstaff Communication Foundation / Geile Charitable Foundation Fund, 2,000.
    • School of Communication Online Course Transition Grant, 3,000
    • Irma B. Dobkins Universal Design Grant, 1,500
    • Office of Academic Assessment Mini Grant, 1,500

    Links of interest

    AIGA, The Professional Association for Design 
    Society for Environmental Graphic Design 

    Education

    MFA, Graphic Design, Iowa State University, 2008
    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Visual Communications, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2006
    BFA, Graphic Design, Bradley University, 2005