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I love learning, so it’s inspiring to work in a learning environment. And teaching design is such a fun way to connect with people.

Graphic Design Teacher
New York

Tessa Canon

Tessa Canon is a graphic designer and teacher from Kansas City, Missouri based in New York. She has seven years of professional experience, including a fellowship at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and three years at the branding agency Brennan & Stevens in Dublin, Ireland. She is primarily interested in branding and illustration and loves to draw and paint when she’s not on the computer.

What do you love about design?

Being creative within constraints—design feels like the sweet spot between art and problem solving.

Why do you teach?

I love learning, so it’s inspiring to work in a learning environment. And teaching design is such a fun way to connect with people.

Tell us about your design career outside of Shillington.

I started my career as a graphic design fellow at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, where my office was one of Wright’s building in the middle of the Arizona desert. After that I got another in-house job in Seattle, and most recently I worked for a studio in Dublin, Ireland that specializes in branding for the hospitality industry. I’m most interested in branding and illustration, and I love to draw and paint when I’m feeling creative but don’t want to look at a screen.

What or who are you loving right now?

The library! It’s such an underrated resource. I get excited every time they email me that a book is ready for pickup.

If you were a typeface, what would you be?

P22 Underground—a warm and friendly classic.

What’s your favourite blog?

Typewolf is great for keeping up with type trends and referencing font lists. My non-design-related answer is Tim Urban’s blog, Wait But Why. He writes about big, interesting ideas (and random, funny ones) in a super accessible way.

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