keetra dean dixon


insta & tweet: @keetradeandixon
wholesale inquiries: keetra@fromkeetra.com


Hi, I’m Keetra. I currently divide my time between public installations, exhibits, commercial projects, product design, and speaking. Professionally I have worked under the titles Graphic Designer, Experiential Director, and Artist. My work often plays with the fallibility of communication and social exchange. Formal explorations are spurred on by discovery, exploiting the shortcomings of ubiquitous creative tools, forced happy accidents, and emergent technologies.

I keep an active studio practice along side of JK Keller. I split my physical time between rural Alaska and the East Coast of the US – ever-present online. See fromktoj.com for excerpts of process and collaborative works.


For Press
Bio:  Keetra Dean Dixon is a Designer, Director, and Artist. Her hybrid design background and expertise in graphic design often leads her work towards speculative terrain, leveraging emergent technologies and the shortcomings of ubiquitous creative tools. She has been recognized on several fronts including a U.S. presidential award, a place in the permanent design collection at the SFMOMA, and the honorable ranking of ADC Young Gun (6). She has been featured in numerous publications and exhibits, including feature articles in Time, étapes, + Surface, commissioned works for the ’09 U.S. Presidential Inauguration and the ’12 Olympic games. Dixon has held solo exhibits at the Kessel Kramer Gallery: KKOutlet, shown at the Walker Art Center & the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. She has acted as Design Director for installations featured at ’08 Venice Architecture Biennale and ’10 01SJ Biennial. In 2013 Dixon participated in INCONGRUOUS, a residency for “brazen experimentation in design practices” with Museum of Arts and Design in NYC.



Select Talks & Teaching
2015     Type Directors Club NYC, speaker
2015     California College of the Arts, speaker & workshop
2015     Michigan State University, speaker
2015     Dallas Society of Visual Communications – speaker
2014     California College of the Arts, speaker & workshop
2014     University of Tennessee Chattanooga , speaker & Diane Marek Visiting Artists
2014     MICA, speaker & graduate workshop
2013     TYPO San Francisco 2013 Contrast, speaker
2013     Virginia Common Wealth University, visiting artist
2013     Anchorage Museum of Art, AIGA, AK, speaker
2012–13   Maryland Institute College of Art GD MFA, thesis advisor & critic
2011     Rhode Island School of Design, graduate thesis advisor
2011     AIGA: Fresh Dialogue: Design Dualities: Mike Perry, Keetra Dean Dixon, Andrio Abero and Timothy Goodman at The New School, speaker & panel interview
2011     Grafill DIG, Norway, speaker
2011     Offf, Barcelona, Spain, speaker
2011     Maryland Institute College of Art, visiting artist lecture & MFA workshop
2011     What’s Up Amsterdam, the Cultural Centre of Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger, speaker
2010-12   Associate Professor at MICA, MD, curriculum development and teaching BFA & MFA GD
2010     Rhode Island School of Design, visiting artist & workshop
2010     NYC Public Library, NYC, speaker & panel interview
2009     KK Outlet Gallery, London, artist lecture
2009     Pentagram, NYC, artist talk
2009     UNTITLED, Otis, Variations in Design Practice, co-keynote speaker
2009     Apple Store via The Art Directors Club, NYC, SoHo, speaker
2009     Cooper Union, NYC, visiting artist lecture & crit
2009     School for the Visual Arts, NY, guest critique & workshop
2008     California Institute of the Arts, CA, visiting artist
2008     The Art Directors Club: The Backstory Series, NYC, speaker & panel interview
2008     Pratt, NY, Brooklyn, guest critique & workshop
2000     Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF, CA, Young Artists Program curriculum development & teaching
Select Awards & Juries
2012     ADC Young Guns 10 Judge
2012     Interaction Awards, Connecting
2011     Output Judge, Netherlands
2011     Core77 Design Awards, Interiors / Exhibits + Interactive / Web
2011     IdN Most Wanted Creative
2009    STEP Inside Design, Top 25 Emerging Talent 2009 qbn.com, Editors Choice
2009    Krop Creative, Sponsorship 2009     D&AD Pencil, Environmental Design
2008    The Art Directors Club, Young Gun 6
2008    Invitation (on my 30th Bday) to Print Magazines, 20 under 30
2005    Presidential Teaching Award
2000    Work in the permanent collection at SFMOMA
Select Shows & Residencies
2014 University of Tennessee Chattanooga , speaker & Diane Marek Visiting Artists
2013     Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, INCONGRUOUS artist in residency
2013     Museum of Arts and Design, NYC, the Home Front Exhibit, After the Museum
2012     Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum of the Smithsonian Institution, NYC, Graphic Design: Now in Production
2012     Walker Art Center, MN, Graphic Design: Now in Production
2012     Northern Spark, MN
2012     Design Event, UK, Modern Art of Conversation Exhibit
2011     Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Hints to Workmen, UK
2011     Vermont College of Fine Arts, artist in residency 2010 RE:FORM SCHOOL, NYC
2010     The Future Gallery, Central London, The Big Treat
2010     WORDPLAY; The Lettering of ON LANGUAGE in the New York Times Magazine, NYC
2009    Dimension + Typography: A Survey of Letterforms in Space and Time, iSpace Gallery, Chicago, IL
2009    Park Life Exhibit, Studio Number One Gallery, LA, CA 2009 KK Outlet Gallery, London


Select Press
Magazines: Time / Surface / How / Print / IdN / Vogue Italia / Eye / estape / Make / Good Magazine / Communication Arts / Seventeen / Elle / 8 Faces

Books: Designing for Participatory Culture for Princeton Architectural Press / Graphic Design Thinking: Beyond Brainstorming, Princeton Architectural Press / IdN Extra 04: Most Wanted Volume 1 / Playful Type, Die Gestalten / Los Logos 5, Die Gestalten / It’s Nice That #3 / Hand Made 3D, INDEX BOOK / 3-Dimensional Typography, Rational Beauty / Urban Interventions, Die Gestalten / Font Family, INDEX BOOK / Hand Made 3D, INDEX BOOK / Art of the Invitation, viction:ary / Over and Over, Princeton Architectural Press / New Ornamental Type, Steven Heller + Gail Anderson, Thames & Hudson / Out Of Format, Indexbook Barcelona / Hand Made, Indexbook Barcelona / Lemon Poppy Seed, Die Gestalten / Tactile: high touch visuals, Die Gestalten / Type Addicted: The new trend of A to Z typo-graphics, viction:ary

Sites: notcot.org / todayandtomorrow.net / designobserver.com / designboom.com / formfiftyfive.com / itsnicethat.com / booooooom.com / qbn.com / psfk.com / swiss-miss.com / core77.com / thestrangeattractor.net / friendsoftype.com / dailycandy.com / beautifuldecay.com / dazeddigital.com / geekologie.com / boingboing.com / digg.com