DDM Speakers: From Papers to Books

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Kathleen Sleboda

Please join us for this talk with graphic designer and illustrator Kathleen Sleboda as she discusses her multidisciplinary practice.


Oct 17, 2023 11:30am – 12:30pm

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Graphic designer, illustrator, educator, publisher, and curator Kathleen Sleboda (Nlaka’pamux, Coldwater Indian Band) will give a talk about her multidisciplinary practice. Her talk will cover her background as an archivist and librarian; Draw Down, the publishing platform she founded, and artist books; and her work with cultural heritage and arts organizations. Kathleen currently teaches at Boston University and RISD, where she specializes in courses related to form and experimentation.

Kathleen Sleboda is a graphic designer, illustrator, and design educator whose work crosses disciplines and often weaves together the acts of making, curating, collaborating, and documenting. She is co-founder and design director of the publishing house and bookshop Draw Down Books, and from 2013 to 2019, she curated the website Women of Graphic Design. For the past 15 years, she has designed books and printed materials for cultural institutions while lecturing and writing about graphic design, independent publishing, Indigenous knowledge systems, and the preservation of cultural heritage. Sleboda is also a principal of Gluekit and has worked on commissions for clients in publishing and advertising across media platforms. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications about design and illustration. From 2003 to 2008, Sleboda worked as an archivist at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, where her focus was on the preservation of audio and visual materials and improving community access to collections created by and about American Indian and First Nation peoples. Originally from San Francisco, she graduated from Yale University and the University of British Columbia. She now splits her time between Boston and Connecticut on the traditional homelands of the Quinnipiac, Pawtucket, and Massachusett peoples. She currently teaches graphic design at Boston University and the Rhode Island School of Design. She is Nlaka’pamux and an enrolled member of the Coldwater Indian Band of Merritt, British Columbia.

Please note this talk will take place online:
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Meeting ID: 617 0457 5279
Passcode: 562607

Funded by the Ian Gillespie Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media.