Mary Banas,
Design Education

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

Very Varied, a talk about my practice

March 20, 2020
University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Invited by Moon Jang
I gave a variation of Very Varied — a talk about my practice organized in a set of “knowns” about the possibilities and challenges of making, designing, teaching, and being. This talk took place over Zoom.

Very Varied, a talk about my practice

March 2, 2020
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
As part of the CalArts Visiting Designer Lecture Series, Spring 2020.
~Gorgeous (!) posters designed by Nadia Haile and Xiyu Deng.
Very Varied was a talk about my practice organized in 11 “knowns” about the possibilities and challenges of making, designing, teaching, and being. 

Full series:

Mary Banas, March 2nd
Bijan Berahimi, March 12th

Jerome Harris, April 16th

Rob Giampietro, April 21st

Special thanks to co-coordinaters Candice Navi & David Caterini.

Lecture photos courtesy of Candice Navi.


August 27, 2018
OTIS College of Art + Design, Los Angeles
Citizenship Charette: Talk + Workshop

“The theme of this year’s charette is Citizenship. What does it mean to be a citizen and image-maker or visual communicator? What freedoms and responsibilities we offer to each other?”

I led 65-80 students through a workshop with the support of all the faculty in Illustration & Design at OTIS. 

8:00am – 3:00pm

The day included:
• Workshop
• Lunch
• Presentation of my work (on screen & physical)
• Conclusion: students present final work

Special Thanks to Silas Munroe, Kali Nikitas, and the design & illustration faculty at OTIS.


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