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Denise Gonzales Crisp

Professor Emerita of Graphic & Experience Design

Brooks Hall 308


Prior to arriving at the College in Fall 2002, Gonzales Crisp was senior designer for Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and principal of the studio SuperStove! designing projects such as Artext magazine, Southern California Institute of Architecture lecture series, and books for independent presses.

Her design and writing have been published internationally, including KAK (RU), Graphis, Émigré, Metropolis, Eye (UK), Print, and Items (NL) magazines, and in juried competitions such as ACD 100, Communication Arts, I.D., and Graphis. Her work was featured in the 2002 exhibition East Coast/West Coast Dreams, (Paris), in the 2005 anthology All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Graphic Designers, and the 2009 exhibition Dimension+Typography (Chicago).

Gonzales Crisp has lectured widely and has been a featured speaker at ATypI 2009 (Mexico City), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), GraficEurope (Berlin), RMIT (Melbourne), ArtCity (Calgary), and numerous colleges and universities. Juried and commissioned essays are included in Design and Culture Journal, Items Magazine, and Design Observer (online journal), plus Design Research, The Design Dictionary,  and several other anthology volumes.

Teaching positions include core faculty in the graduate Media Design Program at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and a 12-year part-time appointment at Art Center in the undergraduate graphic design program. Additionally, Gonzales Crisp has held regular part-time appointments at California Institute of the Arts and Otis Art Institute.

Her research areas include defining the DecoRational, defending and writing alternative design discourse. Additionally, she is author of Graphic Design in Context: Typography (Thames & Hudson, 2011).

Gonzales Crisp serves as a contributing editorial board member for Design and Culture Journal. A member of the graphic design professional organization American Institute of Graphic Arts since 1989, she has served on the Los Angeles chapter’s advisory board, as a 365 competition juror, and on the 2009 Gold Medal nominations committee.

Denise Crisp served as chair of the Department of Graphic Design (now the Department of Graphic Design and Industrial Design) from 2002 to 2006.


M.F.A. in Graphic Design California Institute of the Arts

B.F.A. Art Center College of Design