Communication Design (Graphic Design)
Typography, Communication Design, Traditional Printmaking Methods
Michelle’s focus is the application of graphic design to physical space. Also called Environmental Graphics or Placemaking, its the practice of communicating information about a space through visuals that are integrated with the architecture of a building or room. An interest in the physicality of design and the role of typography in signage, inspired the shift from traditional print to three-dimensional work.
Her most rewarding projects combine signage, structures, murals, and messages to suggest the function or attitude of a place—resulting in a more positive experience for the visitor. Primary clients are JPRA Architects, von Staden Architects and Ideation Orange. Projects include Center for Manufacturing Excellence at Lansing Community College, Brainspring Learning Centers and Delta College.
Michelle is adjunct faculty at CCS in Communication Design and a teaching artist with the Community Arts Partnerships in Detroit. Michelle is a member of AIGA Detroit and SEGD - The Society for Experiential Graphic Design.
Re/View: 5th Annual CCS Alumni Exhibition | Valade Family Gallery, Detroit MI | 2014
Artcrank: an exhibit to benefit Back Alley Bikes, a nonprofit bicycle shop and community center | Shinola, Detroit | 2015
The Printer's Devil | presenting evidence of a flourishing printmaking community in Detroit | Scarab Club, Detroit | 2016
Ink Up | Letterpress and Printmaking | Signal-Return Press, Detroit, MI | 2017
Faculty Now! | Faculty Exhibit at College for Creative Studies | Valade Gallery, Detroit | 2019