Graphic Design Faculty Accomplishments

2013 Accomplishments

Maggie MacNab’s Design by Nature won the 2013 National Federation of Press Women’s Award for Non-Fiction. The book was also just released in Iran in Farsi; it is likewise translated into Spanish, Korean, Japanese, and Chinese. MacNab is also creating a training video on logo design for publisher Peachpit Press, a division of Pearson Education and one of the largest text book publishers in the world.

Maggie MacNab taught for five weeks in Granada, Nicaragua at Casa de los Tres Mundos, funded by the U.S. Embassy.

Maggie MacNab spoke in Seoul, South Korea in October at the Herald Design Conference.


Faculty member Maggie Macnab’s book Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design (New Riders, 2011) won first place in the nonfiction category of the 2012 New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards and was a finalist in the reference category.

Faculty Chair David Grey was invited to give a presentation titled “The Importance Of…Graphic Design as Contemplative Art” at the annual AIGA National Design Educators Conference.

Faculty member Maggie Macnab received the New Mexico-Arizona book award in the non-fiction category for her book Design by Nature.

Faculty member Maggie Macnab was invited to give a presentation titled “Design by Nature” at the TEDxAcquiaMadre conference in Santa Fe.

Faculty Chair David Grey’s design was featured on the cover of the 2012-13 edition of the Santa Fe Reporter’s “Santa Fe Manual,” a resource for locals.

Faculty Chair David Grey joined the Vallecitos Mountain Ranch Board of Directors. Grey takes groups of students to this retreat center in the Carson National Forest each semester.

Faculty member Todd White’s work exhibited in “Damned if You Doomed,” which ran Feb. 3-29 at Small Engine gallery in Albuquerque, N.M. See Todd White’s work in our gallery .


Faculty member Maggie Macnab published her second book, Design by Nature: Using Universal Forms and Principles in Design (Peachpit Press, 2011), which explores the use of nature’s universal patterns, shapes and processes as effective strategies for design.

Faculty Chair David Grey received a Color in Design Award (sponsored by Print and HOW magazines) in 2011 for his redesign of the university’s entrance banners. He was commissioned to design the CD cover for electronic musician John Tejada’s latest release, Parabolas. Grey has been the art director for Tejada’s independent record label, Palette Recordings, for six years. He also designed a book commemorating the 30th annual Dixon Studio Tour.

Joel Nakamura, who teaches Illustration for Designers, was featured on the cover of Pasatiempo about an exhibit of his paintings at Hahn Ross Gallery on Canyon Road.

Contributing faculty member Arlyn Nathan, who designs the typography of high-end photo books for Twin Palms Publishing in Santa Fe, designed the book You & I about the work of renowned young photographer Ryan McGinley. Nathan also designed the accompanying book for Young Brides, Old Treasures: Macedonian Embroidered Dress , an exhibition that runs through Jan. 6, 2013, at the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe.