Instructor, Graphic Design
Rita has been practicing design in Calgary since 1987 and has owned her own studio since 1992. Currently she is the principle and owner of Frank Design Strategy, a studio of eight designers and project managers. Frank’s work focuses on branding, editorial and marketing and communications for a diverse range of clients including institutions, corporate, entrepreneurial and not-for-profit organizations. Rita is passionate about the research and strategy that enables Frank’s design team to get to the core of a communication issue, articulate the problem and use design to create a solution.
Rita’s work has been consistently recognized by numerous national and international competitions and she’s been a jury member for Communication Arts, The Big Crit, Graphex, the Potlatch Show and Applied Arts.
Member of ACAD Faculty since 2006.
University of Alberta, Bachelor of Fine Arts Program, Visual Communications Design
Selected Professional Activity:
Yale University, School of Management, AIGA Creative Thinkers Program, North Haven Connecticut, 2014
AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Designers), Facilitation by Design, Minneapolis Minnesota, 2013
Design Sage, Applied Arts Magazine, Applied Arts, 2013 (a series of four columns on the ethics and professional practice of design)
Three Things I Didn’t Learn in School, RGD (Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario), 2014
Communication Arts Magazine, Design Annual, 2014
Communication Arts Magazine, Typography Annual, 2015
ID Magazine, Design Annual, 2011
Applied Arts Magazine, Design Annual, 2014