Susan LaPorte

Chair and Professor
MFA, California Institute of the Arts, BFA, University of Illinois at Chicago

Susan LaPorte

Chair and Professor
MFA, California Institute of the Arts, BFA, University of Illinois at Chicago


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Typography, Type Design, City of Detroit, Collaborative Design Practice, Social Practice, Graphic Design History, Exhibition Design and Curation, Branding and Publication Design.

Professional Experience

Publication Office at the California Institute of Arts; and in the Design Department at Walker Art Center. After working professionally for a few years, LaPorte accepted a full-time teaching position at the Eastern Michigan University. In 1997, she was hired at College for Creative Studies as graphic designer for the Publication Office and adjunct professor. In 1999, LaPorte accepted a full-time teaching position at the College. Partial list of clients include University Musical Society, Ann Arbor, Michigan; College for Creative Studies; and Focus Hope

Significant Publications, Presentations and Exhibitions

Emigre, Print
Typography Now I
Type Design & Radical Innovations and Experimentation
American Center for Design (ACD) 100 Shows (no. 16, 18, 21)
AIGA Detroit Review (2003, 2005, 2007)
I Profess…Exhibition, Michigan State University, East Lansing MI
In Cahoots Alumni Show, California Institute of the Art

AIGA Design Education Conference Geographics: Design, Education and the Transnational Terrain in Honolulu, HA – 2012
RGD Design Education Conference in Toronto, CA – 2014
AICAD Social Practices Conference at CCS in Detroit MI, Fall 2015
AIGA National Design Education Conference, Nuts + Bolts, at Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, OH
Design Curatorial Work:

Exhibit A: Evidence of Pleasure; Design + Business; and Revolution/Evolution.
Revolution/Evolution, CCS Valade Family Gallery

Poster for the Student Exhibition with various hearts, dots connected by lines, and a warped yellow, green and orange textbox with text that says "CCS Graphic Design"
Website page with various icons, a paragraph in orange textboxes, and a title that says "Work + Play, Using Chance to Reconnect the Dots" in a purple textbox
Photo of the Detroit skyline with black text that says "College for Creative Studies + Filter Detroit + Weimar Bauhaus School of Urban Heritage"
Infographic with a stylized title that says "Vote 2016" encouraging people to go out and vote
Poster with a vintage illustration of a hand holding a pistol. On top are various connecting lines and blue and orange dots with letters inside
Poster with various photos of students and a title in blue textboxes that says "Design Problem Solvers, Makers"
Poster with various black and white photographs, a green illustration of a racetrack, and black text that says "On your mark, get set, go..."
Magazine spread with black text on the right and a black and white photograph on the left
purple and blue map of the united states of america
Poster with various black and white illustrations of historical figures behind a blue text box with text that says "Vote 2012"

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