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I look at teaching as being an art director–helping students take ownership of their design and the design process.

Graphic Design Teacher
New York

Kody Pangburn

Kody Pangburn is an art director and photo producer originally hailing from a small town in rural Wisconsin. Currently, she is splitting time between NYC and the Catskill mountains where she lives on a farm with two donkeys, two horses, three roosters and a barn cat. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BA in Theater. After graduating, Kody worked in LA and eventually NYC as a costume designer, stylist and vintage curator for seven years before switching career paths to design. Most recently she has worked with Bloomberg Pursuits, Bound Magazine, All Good, and Nordstrom.

What do you love about design?

Research, mood boarding, idea layering, leaning into all of my thoughts and ideas and other ideas around me.

Why do you teach?

I love to collaborate and get others excited about design, which is why I enjoy being an art director. I look at teaching as being an art director—helping students take ownership of their design and the design process.

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

I have worked in photo and video production for the last ten years. I started out as a stylist (both clothing and prop) in the fashion and publishing world. I went back to school for graphic design and I have been working as an art director in fashion and food/hospitality for the last five years.

What or who are you loving right now?

I just watched a wonderful documentary by Edward Tufte about the designer, Inge Druckrey called, Teaching to See. Her design approach and teaching style are inspiring—it’s worth watching.

If you were a typeface, what would you be?

I like a serif, give me Times New Roman.

What’s your favourite blog?

When I need a bit of inspiration I go on The Paris Review or Apartmento Magazine. I like to peruse their sites and I subscribe to their print publications as well.

 

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