Mary Banas,
Design Education

An ongoing record of teaching & related activities, 2007–now.

Virtual Critic,
University of Utah

December 2020
University of Utah
Course: “Identity Systems & Brand”
Professor: Zak Jensen
Senior graphic design students created identity systems, and I was a guest for their final critique. “Each student was asked to create a brand identity for something of their choosing—anything, real or not, that doesn't already have a brand identity. They had two weeks to think, research and develop a brief—what is the thing, how's it unique, who's the audience, what are the goals of the identity? Followed by a few weeks of design and guidelines development. The final product was in the form of guidelines, including example applications of the identity.” — Zak


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Currently teaching at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. 

Mary Banas has taught graphic design since 2009, notably as Visiting Assistant Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Bridgeport, and California College of the Arts.

She has led design workshops for the Center for Creative Solutions (Vermont), Dolby Labs (San Francisco), OTIS College of Art and Design (Los Angeles), the Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley) and Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan). She has been a visiting critic at MICA, Pratt Institute, and San Jose State University.

Mary has been invited to talk about her creative practice at California Institute of the Arts (Valencia, CA), Cranbrook Academy of Art (Michigan), and University of Georgia (GA). 

Mary develops conceptual and informed designs for brands, institutions, and artists with her independent creative practice YES IS MORE.

Rhode Island School of Design
MFA Graphic Design, with Honors
May 2009

University of Connecticut
BFA Communication Design
May 2003

Original photo: Hunter Kelly. Image manipulation: Derrick Schultz