Lisa Mercer

Lisa Mercer

About

ABOUT ME

My career has been focused on working as a professional communication designer and building a small business that specialized in providing communication design services to a wide variety of clients. I have combined this experience with understandings of design research and design pedagogy I learned while working toward my MFA in Design Research at the University of North Texas, which I have continued to cultivate since graduation.
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Please contact me to view my full curriculum vitæ.

EDUCATION

Master of Fine Arts in Design Research, Dec 2015

University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications & Design, May 2000

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Assistant Professor, Fall 2017

School of Art + Design, College of Fine + Applied Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign

Adjunct Instructor, Spring 2016

Department of Design, College of Visual Arts & Design, University of North Texas

Graduate Teaching Fellow, Instructor of Record, 2014-2015

Department of Design, College of Visual Arts & Design, University of North Texas

Teaching Intern, 2014

Department of Design, College of Visual Arts & Design, University of North Texas

Guest Lecturer, 2014

Department of Design, College of Visual Arts & Design, University of North Texas

INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Executive Director, 2014 – Present

Operation Compass, Fort Worth, TX

Freelance/Contract Designer, 2012 – Present

Lisa Mercer Design, Fort Worth, TX

Contract Design Researcher, Fall 2015

Tekzenit, Irving, TX

Art Director, 2010-2011

AffinityXM, LoneTree, CO

Owner & Designer, 2004-2011

Mercer Studio, Highlands Ranch, CO

Package & Website Designer, 2001-2004

Motorsports Authentic, Phoenix, AZ

Website Designer, 2000-2001

E-marketing, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ

CONFERENCES

20TH Design Management Institute Academic Design Management Conference, Jul 2016

Hosted by Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
Chair of Session 43, Leadership, and Organization Design
Chair of Session 44, Leadership, and Organization Design

Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference, Jun 2016

Hosted by the University of Brighton, Brighton, UK

Exploring Social Justice, Design, and HCI Workshop, May 2016

Hosted by the University of Washington, San Jose, CA

The Role of Technology in the Movement to End Modern Day Slavery, Apr 2016

Hosted by Allies Against Slavery, Austin, TX

Keynote Speaker at the Unfrozen Design Research Winter Summit, Jan 2016

Hosted by the Swiss Design Network, Brienz, Switzerland
Unfrozen Summary Review: “A strong and very carefully undertaken action-based research in a socially challenged area. The idea of having truck drivers contributing to the observation and reporting of human trafficking is well chosen and the study is very promising in its early findings and design suggestions. Overall evaluation: strong accept.”

8th International Conference on Inclusive Design, Aug 2015

Hosted by the Royal College of Art in London, London, UK

Fault Lines Bridging Knowledge Spaces Research Conference, May 2015

Hosted by Irish Design Research Conference, Carlow, Ireland

12TH Annual Conference International Association for the History for the History of Transport, Traffic & Mobility, Aug 2014

Hosted by the University of Drexel, Philadelphia, PA

MEDIA COVERAGE

NBC Dallas Fort Worth Affiliate Channel 5, May 2016

Reporter Noelle Walker, Two Part Segment, Dallas/Fort Worth, TX

Univision, April 2016

Two Part Segment, Austin, TX

Justin Martin, All Things Considered, Dec 2015

NPR Syndicated Show, Dallas, TX

Mark Willis, Dec 2015

Sirius Radio, Dallas, TX

Texas Standard Edition, Nov 2015

NPR Syndicated Show, Dallas, TX

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Presentation, Sept 2016

Research Behind the Creation of the Mobile Application Operation Compass\
Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support, Dallas, TX

Presentation, Sept 2016

Community Forum on Human Trafficking with Mosaic Family Services, The NET, Operation Compass, Fort Worth, TX

Presentation, Aug 2016

Training of Residence Hall Life Advisors University of North Texas
University of North Texas, Denton, TX

Presentation, May 2016

Research Behind the Creation of the Mobile Application Operation Compass
Fort Worth Optimist Club, Fort Worth, TX

SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY

Graphic Designer, 2015 – 2016

Tanglewood Elementary, Fort Worth, TX

Graphic Designer, 2014 – 2016

Cook Children’s Health Foundation, Fort Worth, TX

Graphic Designer, 2015 – 2016

Alliance for Children, Fort Worth, TX

Graphic Designer, 2016

The Parenting Center, Fort Worth, TX

WHAT NOW?