Meet Lisa Jayne Willard
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
Phone: (813) 257-3718
Address: 401 W. Kennedy Blvd. Tampa, FL 33606
2017 Texas State University, MFA
1985 Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, B.A.
1981 Southwestern Illinois College, A.A.
Graphic Design II + III
Typography I + II
Graphic Design Portfolio Studio
BFA Graphic Design Capstone
Lisa Jayne Willard’s academic interest include graphic design, participatory design, maps and atlases, branding, design for social impact and engagement, critical design writing and book design.
Willard is a designer with more than 25 years of experience working for agencies in St. Louis and New York City. Her practice includes creative direction, graphic design, commissions and client-based freelance projects. She specializes in print, branding and writing, and she has designed projects that include book design, advertising, educational marketing, UX/UI design and much more.
Her innovation in teaching lies in her ability to engage and tap into the potential of students and encourage them to envision paths beyond the confines of a single discipline of design. She doesn’t ‘lecture’ but rather allows them to think and be and make decisions, and creates a classroom atmosphere that balances fun and challenge.
She graduated with an MFA in Communication Design from Texas State University, where she also taught in the BFA Communication Design program. After researching and writing a thesis on the recontextualization and use of the atlas as a design container, Lisa is often working on her latest personal projects using maps and data in various formats.
When not immersed in all things design she might be backpacking around Europe, sitting on a beach, visiting her home NYC, hanging with one of her three kids in NYC, STL or ATX, practicing or teaching yoga, riding her bike, trying to take cool photos of her cat Lucille for Instagram—and reading everything she can carry or fit on her Kindle. Most recently, attempting to train her new rescue dog, Freida.
2019 Design Travel Award, Indiana University, Eskenazi School of Art Architecture + Design
2018 Creative Showcase, MFA Communication Design Exhibition, Texas State Galleries, Juried Competition, Inside Dutch Design (Book), Meta-Phorical Graphic Atlas, LOVE (Installation/Video)
2017 National Student Show, Dallas, Texas, Juried Competition, Graduate Student Category (only accepted graduate entry in the show), Inside Dutch Design (Book)
2017 MFA Thesis Concept Award Nomination, Texas State University, Communication Design
2017 Thesis Research Fellowship Award, Texas State University (Travel to NYC, London, Netherlands)
2017 Fine Arts Committee Student Service Award, Texas State University
2017 Friends of Fine Arts Endowment Award, Texas State University
2016 Creative Showcase, MFA Communication Design Exhibition, Texas State Galleries, Juried Competition, Water Miser (Mobile App)
2016 Group Exhibition + Book Launch, Texas State Galleries, Design + Critical Writing, Issues & Criticism MFA Graduate Course, Under The Influence: Shaking Up The Way We View Design