Design Lecture Series: Nontsikelelo Mutiti

On November 16, we welcomed Nontsikelelo Mutiti for a lecture presented as part of the Fall 2021 Rutgers Design Lecture Series, free and open to all. Register at

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Nontsikelelo Mutiti is a Zimbabwean-born visual artist and educator. She is invested in elevating the work and practices of Black peoples past, present, and future through a conceptual approach to design, publishing, archiving practices, and institution building. Mutiti holds a diploma in multimedia from the Zimbabwe Institute of Digital Arts and an MFA from the Yale School of Art, with a concentration in graphic design.

Design Lecture Series: Schessa Garbutt

On October 19, please join us in welcoming Schessa Garbutt for a lecture presented as part of the Fall 2021 Rutgers Design Lecture Series, free and open to all.
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Schessa Garbutt (they/she) is the founder and creative director at Firebrand. While their practices focuses on brand identity design, they are also an avid writer, speaker, and currently studying type design at Type West. Schessa received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California.

Design Lecture Series: Sadie Red Wing

On September 14, we welcomed Sadie Red Wing for a lecture on “Designing for Sovereign Tribal Nations in Higher Education.”

Sadie Red Wing is a Lakota graphic designer and advocate from the Spirit Lake Nation of Fort Totten, North Dakota. Red Wing earned her BFA in New Media Arts and Interactive Design at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She received her Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Her research on cultural revitalization through design tools and strategies created a new demand for tribal competence in graphic design research. Red Wing urges Native American graphic designers to express visual sovereignty in their design work, as well as, encourages academia to include an indigenous perspective in design curriculum. Currently, Red Wing serves as a Student Success Coach for American Indian College Fund (Denver, CO) where she specializes in student retention and resource building for the Native American demographic in higher education spaces. Her work has been featured on AIGA’s Eye on Design: “Why Can’t the U.S. Decolonize Its Design Education?” (2017), Communication Arts: “Decolonizing Native American Design” (2017), and The World Policy Journal: “United Nation’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” (2018).