Katie Krcmarik, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of Practice
Communication Design Coordinator
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Katie Krcmarik has worked as both a graphic designer and educator for the past two decades. She has worked in a variety of design positions, including in a studio, in-house for a variety of companies, and as a freelance Graphic Designer. She currently teaches and coordinates the communication design foundational courses for the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and serves as the faculty creative director for Jacht, the college's student-run advertising agency. She previously taught Graphic Design at Mott Community College for eleven years as an adjunct faculty member in the Fine Arts and Social Sciences Department.
Katie most recently earned a Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in April 2018. Her thesis work explored women in graphic design history as well as the relationship between space and power. Her thesis, Hierarchical Space: How the Use of Space Creates Bias, explored the relationship of visual communication in perpetuating cultural bias. The thesis work was presented at the 2020 CAA Conference as part of the Design Colloquium. She continues to work on projects related to bias and diversity as well as exploring women in design history. Katie earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wayne State University in 1999 in Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design. She completed a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from Michigan State University in 2014, focusing on instructional design.
Katie's research interests have also included instructional design to improve student outcomes. Besides completing a Masters Degree in Educational Technology, she has also explored more deeply the role design can play in producing more effective instructional materials. She won the 2014 LAND Competition in Adjunct Category for her presentation on Rethinking the Syllabus: Setting the Stage for Success. She has also presented at the Teaching Professor Technology Conference on using storyboarding to create more effective instructional videos. Moreover, Katie explores the integration of technology into the classroom and regularly explores new avenues for incorporating it into her classroom to improve student engagement and learning outcomes.
Katie also has a strong commitment to university and professional service. She was named an Adobe Education Leader in 2018. She is currently serving on the 2020 Husker Dialogues, an event for first-year students to discuss diversity, Steering Committee. he completed her two year term as the president of the Nebraska AIGA chapter in December 2019. She previously served in positions as Show Co-chair and Chair for the Nebraska chapter and Director of Education for the Detroit chapter. She served on the university-wide ITSC Committee and served as the chair of the committee for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years. She served as the faculty advisor for the student group, NUSAMS, a group that works to inform students on campus about human trafficking and its effects. She has performed a variety of other service-related activities for the university and the community.
Katie has worked as a graphic designer for the past twenty years for a variety of companies and continues to work as a graphic designer in print, web, and video as time allows. Her hand-bound thesis book recently won a Gold Award and a Judges Choice Award in AIGA Nebraska's 2018 Show design competition, a local Gold Addy, and was a winner in the Publication Category for the Flux Student Show. Her work was also featured in the 2016 Annual Great Lakes Regional Community College Exhibition and will be featured at Art Prize in September and October. She continues to work as a freelance designer as her schedule allows focusing mainly on print and web design. Her personal work focuses both on prints and 3-dimensional work such as installations and sculptures. She showed her installation about women in design in two solo shows—one in Flint, MI and one in Columbia, SC, She has plans to continue showing the exhibit across the country as well as developing an interactive component to it.
In her spare time, Katie likes to read, enjoys hiking, especially in the Badlands, and is an avid baker. Her students and colleagues can attest to her love of baking and sharing the bake goods. She also regularly pursues creative outlets at the local maker space, Innovation Studio. She most recently has been learning to use the lathe and how to weave after her graduate studies piqued her interest in the crafts.