Mary Banas,
Design Education

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

Graphic Design 1: The Studio

Fall 2020
California College of the Arts
Co-taught with Ana Llorente
Chair: Jon Sueda
Course website
⟶ Final course exhibition website: Anthropositivisms
First core studio course for students pursing an MFA in graphic design in the three-year program. Three projects: image-making, methodologies exploration resulting in a typographic poster, and a speculative journey (open form) project. 

This class hosted a typography workshop with Martin Venezky, images below by Katie and Tracy.

This course was taught online using Zoom, Google Docs, Moodle,, Mural, and Padlet. 
Above poster images: Andrew Roque (Lee Harvey Oswald), Katie Harper (Earthquake), Rosie Simose (Mt. Saint Helens), Tracy Leeds (Challenger), Saleem M’boge (Castro), Shijia/Bella Luo (Casablanca)

⟶ Student work & process from this course:


For speaking engagements, workshops and critic appoinments, drop me a line here.

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