Rebecca Tegtmeyer is a graphic design educator and practitioner. Through her active research, writing, making, and teaching agenda she investigates the role of a designer and the creative process through a variety of forms—from static to dynamic, time-based to print. Working both individually and collaboratively she approaches design as a catalyst in facilitating systems that challenge and inspire—further extending the capabilities and responsibilities of a designer in today’s complex world. Current research projects focus on collaboration from a variety of perspectives from collaboration practices in design education to investigating the tools and processes for remote collaborative making. Rebecca is co-author and co-editor of the title, Collaboration in Design Education, with Marty Maxwell Lane that was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2020.
Rebecca is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Art History and Design and currently serves at the Associate Chair of the Department. She teaches undergraduates and graduates in the areas of interaction design, motion design, typography, user experience and branding design. She is an active contributor to both the new BFA in Graphic Design curriculum and the BA in Experience Architecture degree program.
Her research has presented at several international and national conferences organized by the highest-ranking organizations in the design field such as: UCDA (University and College Designers Association), Cumulus Association (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media), DRS (Design Research Society), EAD (European Academy of Design)and the AIGA Design Educators Community. Rebecca is a three-time alumni of DesignInquiry, a non-profit educational organization devoted to researching design issues in intensive team-based gatherings. She has been an active member of the organizing committee for MODE (Motion Design Education) Summit and is currently a member of the AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC) Steering Committee.
Rebecca holds a BFA in Visual Communication from the University of Kansas and a Master of Graphic Design (MGD) from NC State University College of Design.
Prioritizing our values: Design Educators Collectively Building Inclusive and Equitable Teaching Practices in a (post-) Pandemic era
Published in Dialectic, 5.1 (2023), edited by Keith M. Owens & Michael R. Gibson, 8–60. AIGA Design Educators Community (DEC) and Michigan Publishing, December 2023.
The Value Design Education Pledge was co-developed by the co-authors of this article: Associate Professor Anne H. Berry, Associate Professor Meaghan A. Dee, Assistant Professor Penina Laker, and Associate Professor Rebecca Tegtmeyer, with contributions by Kelly Walters (Assistant Professor, Communication Design, Parsons, The New School, New York City, N.Y., U.S.A.), to develop and promote long-term, inclusive, and equitable teaching practices that could positively affect design education. The pledge was initiated in the wake of events that transpired during the spring and summer of 2020—namely, the COVID-19 global pandemic and the Black Lives Matter protests, both of which evolved across the United States during that time. It was also undertaken in recognition of 1) the changes and challenges that evolved as a result of remote and online learning having to be implemented across most U.S.-based, university-level and K-12 design education programs, and 2) the need for pedagogic accountability when decisions have been taken by faculty and administrators to commit to inclusive and equitable teaching practices
Published in Feminist Designer: On the Personal and the Political in Design, edited by Alison Place, 88–92. The MIT Press, September 5, 2023.
Published by Bloomsbury Academic, 2020
With Marty Maxwell Lane, Associate Professor of Graphic Design at University of Arkansas
The book is a comprehensive guide for students and practitioners who want to take a collaborative approach in their design practice. Authors Marty Maxwell Lane and Rebecca Tegtmeyer introduce a range of case study collaborations, both face-to-face and remote, and between individuals and groups. The book addresses the basics of getting started, planning ahead and reflecting on outcomes, alongside the issues that come up in collaborative work, e.g. cross-cultural exchange, or managing roles within a diverse team. Editorial commentary runs throughout the chapter introductions and case studies, with informatics illustrating key concepts and expanded ‘call out’ points in the martin. More complex case studies offer a ‘deep dive’ section to explain and share further details of the featured projects.
Published in the Proceedings of DRS 2020 International Conference: Synergy (Volume 3: Co-Creation)
With Cat Normoyle, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at East Carolina University
Our research practices a critical approach to collaborative design making and speculates how present technologies shift future possibilities where interactions and exchanges are limited to those mediated by technological devices. We conduct a series of collaborative investigations prioritizing a critical making process over the final artifacts. In these investigations we consider and address the social and technological implications of how remote collaborative-making, mediated by augmented technical tools, might (1) foster new ways of thinking and making through play and experimentation (2) affect social interactions and empower people to become producers (3) affect relationships between collaborators and the technologies in use through transparent processes.
AIGA Design Adjacent Podcast
October 20, 2022
Restricted Reproductive Rights
Rebecca Tegtmeyer, Restricted Reproductive Rights, 17 1/2 x 23 ¼ inches, 2023
Workforce Decline During the Pandemic 2/20-1/21
Rebecca Tegtmeyer, Workforce Decline During the Pandemic 2/20-1/21, 24 x 20 inches, 2021
Design is in the Process
Rebecca Tegtmeyer, Design is in the Process, Infographic Poster, Printed, 20″ x 30″, 2013
2020 Get out the Vote
Rebecca Tegtmeyer, 2020 Get out the Vote AIGA Campaign, Data Visual Poster, 22” x 34”, 2020
Experimentations of a Drawing Robot
Rebecca Tegtmeyer, AAHD Faculty Triennial Exhibition 2017, Mixed-Media installation, 2017
Collaboration in Design Education
Rebecca Tegtmeyer and Marty Maxwell Lane, Publisher Bloomsbury Visual Art, Sept. 2020