About

Heather Shaw is an Assistant Professor at Curry College.

Prior to teaching at Curry, she was a full-time lecturer at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth for both the Design and Digital Media departments. Heather is also a visiting graduate advisor at the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has lectured nationally and internationally on the integration of dynamic media with traditional graphic design pedagogy.

In 2010, she taught a five-day workshop sponsored by the Higher Education Press (HEP) in Beijing for Chinese design educators. The workshop pulled content from her curriculum published in the book: “Methodology, Teaching of Visual Arts and Design in the U.S.A.” by Yanyan Sun at Tsinghua University. Additionally, her typography curriculum for motion and web-based technologies is featured in the third edition of Type Rules! by Ilene Strizver.

In 2008-09, her lecture: “enCODE / deCODE: What Die Neue Typographie (from 1928) can teach us about web design standards today” was presented at the “Imagine IT: Design for All” conference at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna, Italy; and additionally at TypeCon Rhythm in Atlanta, GA. She was interviewed by Donald Beekman and Liza Enebeis for the podcast: “TypeRadio” at the Imagine IT conference in 2008.

In 2007, she co-chaired the National AIGA Design Education Conference: “Massaging Media 2: Graphic Design Education in the Age of Dynamic Media” in Boston. Her curriculum: Understanding Visual Narratives is published in “Teaching Motion Design: Course Offerings and Class Projects from the Leading Undergraduate and Graduate Programs” edited by Steven Heller and Michael Dooley.

Heather earned her MFA from the Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and BFA in Visual Design from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her professional experience spans print, motion and interactive media; and clients include MIT, Brandeis University, Perkins School for the Blind, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

She currently serves as Education Co-Chair for AIGA Boston, one of the largest AIGA chapters. AIGA is the oldest and largest design organization dedicated to the advancement of design as a professional craft.

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