Associate Professor, Graphic Design

MFA, Yale University
BS, University of Cincinnati

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Graphic Design

Terra Hall, 13th Floor


Since joining the UArts faculty in 2000, Kristie Smith Williams has taught courses at every level of the Graphic Design Program including: Visualizing Information, Letterform Design, Color in Visual Communications, Typography Fundamentals, Typography Systems, Visual Perception and the Language of Form, Intro to Applied Visual Communications, Design Strategies: Brand Identity, Design Strategies: Non-linear Narratives, and Descriptive Drawing.

Her education includes: University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture and Art (BS in Graphic Design, magna cum laude); Yale University (MFA in Graphic Design); Advanced Studies in Graphic Design, Schule für Gestaltung, Allgemeine Gewerbeschule, Basel, Switzerland. Ms. Williams has served as visiting design critic at Yale University, State University of New York at Purchase, and California College of Arts and Crafts. While a graduate student at Yale she served as Teaching Assistant to Inge Druckrey.

Prior to her association with The University of the Arts, Ms. Williams worked professionally in New York in the fields of corporate communications, brand identity, simplified communications, and information design, most notably for over a decade with the internationally-acclaimed firm of Siegel & Gale. Among her major brand identity projects are the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York and their fare card, the MetroCard; Dell Computers; United Dominion; NationsBank; Roper Starch Worldwide; Sappi Warren Papers; Caja España in Spain; and redesign of the Prudential ‘Rock’. Her simplified communications and information design clients have included Merrill Lynch; Duke Energy; Bessemer Trust; American Express; AT&T; Mellon Private Asset Management; T. Rowe Price; B.T. Alex Brown; Ameritrade; and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter. Ms. Williams’s work has been exhibited and published both nationally and internationally including the landmark exhibitions and their catalogues: Mixing Messages, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; and Graphic Design in America, Walker Art Center. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Cincinnati Art Museum, the Basel Design Museum, and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Publications include Print, International Design, Step by Step Graphics, Artforum, The Wall Street Journal, Typografische Monatsblätter, and Making and Breaking the Grid by Tim Samara.