keetra dean dixon


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Hi, I’m Keetra. I currently divide my time between participatory installs, working with words, designing objects, and teaching. I’ve had the titles Graphic Designer, Experiential Director, and Artist – but whatever the task, if I’m making, I’m happy. I often play with the fallibility of communication and social connection; ever inspired by discovery, forced bumbles, and new materials + tech.

Current goal: figuring out how to blend learning, making, and teaching into a unified studio practice. Let me know if you have any secrets!

I keep a studio space along side JK Keller.  See fromktoj.com for excerpts of process and collaborative works.


For Press
Bio:  Keetra Dean Dixon is a Designer, Director, Artist and Teacher. 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.


Talks & Teaching
2016     FITC Toronto Convention, speaker 
2016     Miami University, speaking & workshop
2016     Rhode Island School of Art & Design, speaking & grad workshop
2016     Rochester Institute of Technology, speaking & workshop
2016     Rocky Mountain College of  Design, speaker 
2015     AIGA Design Conference 2015, main stage speaker
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     Maryland Institute College of Art, 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
’12-13   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:
2011          Timothy Goodman, Mike Perry, Keetra Dean Dixon, and Andrio Abero at
2011          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     The Cultural Centre of Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger, speaker
’10-12   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, CA, Young Artists Program curriculum & teaching
Select Awards & Juries
2015    Judge for AIGA AK, The Big One Design Awards, Anchorage, AK
2012    ADC Young Guns 10 Judge
2011    Core77 Design Awards, Interiors / Exhibits + Interactive / Web
2011    IdN Most Wanted Creative
2009    STEP Inside Design, Top 25
2009    Emerging Talent 2009 QBN, Editors Choice
2009    Krop Creative, Sponsorship 2009
2009    D&AD Pencil, Environmental Design
2008    The Art Directors Club, Young Gun 6
2008    Invitation to Print Magazines, 20 under 30 (on my 30th Bday!)
2005    Presidential Teaching Award
2000    Work in the permanent collection at SFMOMA
Select Shows & Residencies
2015    Typojanchi 2015, The 4th International Typography Biennale
2014    NYC Makers, The MAD Biennial, Museum of Arts and Design, NY
2014    University of Tennessee Chattanooga, 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, NY
2012    Walker Art Center, MN, Graphic Design: Now in Production
2012    Design Event, UK, Modern Art of Conversation Exhibit
2010    The Future Gallery, Central London, The Big Treat
2010    WORDPLAY; The Lettering of ON LANGUAGE, New York Times Magazine
2009    Park Life Exhibit, Studio Number One Gallery, LA, CA
2009    KK Outlet Gallery Solo Show, 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