Upon completing the Masters of Fine Arts in Graphic Design at Kansas State University, Henry began his career as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA (www.scad.edu). Launching a teaching position at the art school helped to broaden his experiences as an instructor and artist. Henry's interest in typographic design includes a number of research areas in experiential design with strong emphasis on print and digital development. He has also explored the field of digital illustration by utilizing 3-D software to enhance his technical skills.
Typography has given him the opportunity to communicate and relate to his students through rigorous analysis and research. Through typography, students are able to create unique expressions through individual explorations understanding the true vernacular of typography in the field of graphic design. His teaching focuses on an open communication through presentation, research materials, project definition development and critiques. Professionally, he wants to share his experiences from various travels here and abroad in order to encourage students to become life-long learners who will contribute to the practice of their chosen field.
Professor Henry is an Associate Adjunct Professor with the University of Maryland Graphic Communication Department (www.umuc.edu). He is also a visiting lecturer, in the Graphic Design Department at the Kansas City Art Institute (www.kcai.edu).
In 2003-2004, Henry was part of the design team which designed and developed the Mesa National Verde Park Services website, http://www.nps.gov/meve/or http://www.mesaverde2006.org/. During the summers, Henry has traveled with several nonprofit organizations including, Amaranth Foundation, and People to People Sports Ambassador Program, to Australia, Austria, Brazil, Germany, New Zealand and Peru. Since coming to SCAD (Savannah College of Art+Design), Professor Henry escorted graphic design students, graduates and undergraduates to different workshops and lectures in Denmark, France, Spain, Sweden and The United States. Henry is a member of the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) and UCDA (University and Colleges Designers Association). He has worked with Hope for the Blind in Zaria, Nigeria alongside The Amaranth Foundation from Salina, Kansas.
Awards and honors includes: 2012: 'Savannah Secession Excellence Award', UCDA Annual Conference, Montreal Quebec. 2011: 'Savannah Secession Excellence Award', UCDA Annual Conference Phoenix, AZ. 2010: 'Young Alumnus Award', Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, KS. 2007: 'Who's Who Among American Teachers & Educators', Savannah College of Art and Design. 2006: 'Cambridge's' Who's Who Amongst Professionals and Executives', Savannah College of Art and Design. 2003-04: 'Winegardner Award For Excellence and Effort', Department of Art and Visual Communications, Kansas State University. 1999-00: 'Designer Recognition Award', Kansas Wesleyan University. 1998-99: 'Student Recognition Award', Kansas Wesleyan University. 1998-00: 'All-American Soccer Award', NSCAA, Kansas Wesleyan University. Adidas All-Regional Athlete, NSCAA/NAIA Conference. Kansas Wesleyan University. 1999: 'Most Improved Player', Kansas Wesleyan University. 1997-98: 'Academic All-Conference Award', Central Valley Conference, Taft College.
Responsibilities include teaching senior and junior graphic design level courses. Curriculum consist of One (1) six credit classes per semester, teaching senior level typography and advanced computer related courses. Each course focuses on research, real-field experiences and historical context through typography and alternative design methods.
Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate level courses online. Curriculum consist of two (2) three credit classes per semester, teaching senior level typography and advanced computer related courses. Each course focuses on research, real-field experiences and historical context through typography and alternative design methods.
Responsibilities include creating design templates for leading international companies and nationwide brands. Developing print, web and graphic animations for a variety of visual design campaigns.
Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses (on ground + eLearning). Curriculum consist of four (4) five credit classes per quarter, teaching senior level typography and computer related courses. Instruct and advising graphic design students within the design curriculum. Each course focuses on research, real field experiences and historical context through typography and alternative methods of designs. Design chair of external and internal collegiate committees.
Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in graphic and industrial design. Teaching senior level typography and advanced computer related courses in France, Spain, Denmark, and Sweden. Each course focuses on research, real field experiences and historical context through typography and alternative design methods. A strong emphasis on sub-cultures and experiential design theories.
Art Department. Manhattan, KS. Responsible for updating/ up-linking information on existing art website. Communicating with faculty and staff regarding valid information and resources for KSU Art website. Knowledge with LAN networking and Internet usage for art department and faculty. Generating/ creating visual graphics and materials to maintain the stability and navigation on the art website.
Responsible for 16-18 students in a digital environment and computer-imaging course. The course provides basic information about graphic design and interactive design. Lecture within a space and instruct students on the latest computer applications in response to the principles of design and visual communication.
Kansas State University Regents Educational Communication Center. Manhattan, KS. Bob Dole Hall. Involved with the development of graphic signage for the university's local television coverage for the Kansas Board of Regents to the telecast uplink of sport related broadcast and commercials. Responsible for the design development and maintenance of production sets within each studio.
Kansas State University Department of Art. Strong emphasis on new media Design, 3-D animation, typography and web design. Visual research upon semantic relationship of design data in the graphic design field within cultures.
Strong emphasis upon studio art, photography, ceramics, painting and graphic design.
A collection of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications made or acquired by Adobe Systems and other industry leading companies. The collection consists of Adobe's applications (e.g., Photoshop, Acrobat, InDesign), that are based on various technologies (e.g., PostScript, PDF, Flash); which reflects my design expertise..
A list of professional clients while working in the educational and professional practice.
Visual Communication practice is a dominant component of daily life in today's visual society. The universal interest and use of the Internet is a fundamental example. Today a graphic designer needs to be aesthetically aware, intellectually inquisitive, and technologically proficient. The prepared professional in this competitive atmosphere will need to know numerous approaches to solving conceptually visual problems in our society. Students must be competent in both design and production while upholding a strong responsibility to the environment. The computer has blurred the boundaries between the traditional design roles. This exhilarating time in our profession offers challenges and opportunities to the aspiring student. The one that makes it can be proud of their achievements and successes. What are Henry's purposes and goals in teaching Graphic Design? His purpose in teaching graphic design is apparent when seeing the work presented in the exhibition. Essentially, it is to gain insight and knowledge through a rigorous sketching process, aesthetic development, and semiotic analysis in the field of graphic design. For the student, this involves long hours and hard work (mentally and physically) at sometimes-tedious tasks. Through these simple exercises, they can perfect their manual skills, develop a clear thought process, and begin the search for excellence solutions.
Henry's intention is to mentally and physically prepare students to appreciate the fundamentals and principles of design while using advanced technology and software to create effective design solutions. He hopes to encourage students to be innovative and to understand the backdrop of design history with focus aimed at sustainability. Although many students within the curriculum are unaware of what to do once they've entered into a graphic design course, his goal is to guide them in the direction where they themselves begin to make quality choices and decisions. As Wolfgang Weingart expresses in his teachings at the Basel School of Design," Individual Exploration."- is the key to understanding one's path and visual journey. In the end, strong responsibilities, reason, experimentation and history become core essentials in becoming a rich visual communicator. Henry's cultural perspective on society has sculpted him with valuable knowledge on different cultures and demographics. In return, he hopes to share the tools, experiences and wisdom, from his teachings, as it will help mold the minds of young designers within the education arena. The goal for design students is universal, it is to help them achieve at the highest level...
Merrick Henry's current research and work focuses on experiential methods in the design process--adapting design and creative processes to help with cognitive development through design education. His work specifically focuses on the mapping of ideas, place and space as a formative research and analytic tool. He is the author of several eLearning courses, seminars, workshops, and experimental collaborative design projects that seek to bring various design voices into a dialogue of thinking and making. Henry's involvement with non-profit organizations such as Hope for the Blind (Kano State, Nigeria), Amaranth Foundation (Salina, KS.) and People to People Sports Ambassador Program in Spokane, WA, enables him to bring 'real-world' issues to the educational arena for discussions and critiques.
Henry's love for typography and art direction has helped student based-projects earned high marks and recognition through professional organizations such as AIGA and UCDA (University and College Designers Association) annual design competitions. His professional leadership and guidance as earn him several awards from 'Who's, Who Amongst Executives to other honors such as 'Young Alumnus Award' from Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, KA.
Culture-centered Experiential ResearchELearning development for visual communication studies
Typographic Development, Alternative Design Processes
"...it is to gain insight and knowledge through a vigorous sketching process, aesthetic development, and semiotic analysis in the field of graphic design."– -prof henry. (Quote #1)
Perfect typography is certainly the most elusive of all arts. Sculpture in stone alone comes near it in obstinacy.– -Jan Tschichold. (Quote #2)
It has to do with 'mood-setting' before the message is delivered. Typography is a hidden tool of manipulation within society. All schools should be teaching typography; we should be fundamentally aware of how typographic language is forming out assholes.– -Neville Brody.(Quote #3)
What's involved in the design process? A: Once we've agreed on the cost and deadline for your graphic design job, we'll put our heads together to discuss more details. We may have an in-person meeting if you're in the vicinity or by Skype, or you may provide details by phone or email. A deposit will be needed before work begins. I'll present a first draft by email in PDF format. With your input, I'll proceed to polish the design project into final form. Once you review this refined PDF, I'll make your final changes. The final PDF will be emailed for your sign off. Once the balance of the amount due has been paid, I can then upload all necessary files to your server or your printer, or for website design, your site will go live.
Can we talk on the telephone? A: Absolutely! I would love to talk with you. I don't post my phone number on the Internet, but once we establish a working relationship, I'll be happy to provide it. You're welcome to call me between 8:30am to 5:00pm Eastern time, weekdays...
Why do I need a logo? A: You want to be the business that others remember, the one that stands out above your competitors. Your logo helps elevate you by giving you a professional look and by making you memorable to others. Your logo will help your current customers remember you later and attract future customers. When properly designed, your logo conveys that you are credible, trustworthy, and professional. I would love to talk more about your design ideas and proposals for a successful logo and identity development
Collaboration is a two-way transmission. There will be times when you will have to speak, and there will be times when you will need to sit down and listen to what is being shared. In the process of working, collaboration is one factor that workers must have to reach their goals or be successful on the project they are working on...c'mon, let's get a project going.
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A list of Graphic Design students  Carlos Baez, Aaron Beattie, M.K. Butler, Alissa Neal, Dan Ogren, Qian Sun, Aaron D. Sutherlen.  Erin Mercurio, Krisna MacDonald, Ramona Todoca, Lauren Oswald, Jamie Slater, Elizabeth Heywood, Steve Zimmerman  Matt McInerney, Nicholas McMillan, Greg Mihalko, Zac Orangio, Melissa Rhyner, Lynn Schneider, Kathleen Scudder.  Seth Akkerman, Matt Martino, Caitlyn Ingoldsby, James Carter, Derek Black, Courtney Hurst, Trevor Conrad.  Derek Harms, Eddie Jacobson, Cassandra Perez, Sean Foster, Leah Jewer, Leslie Penland.  Ping Chen, Christine Hancock, Jim Hargreaves, Becca Skinner, Clarissa Soto, Alex Westray, Cortney Williams.  Tim Harrington, Nina Diab-Ghanem, Swathi Ghanta, Mark Schnoebelen, Mandi Bleidorn, Larissa Nadja Thut, Haynes Riley, Devin O'bryan.
Savannah Secession is SCAD's annual juried graphic design show for undergraduate and graduate students. Each year, the faculty hand selects a group of graduating students and directs them to create a design campaign about their educational experiences. Professor Henry served as art director, working closely with the students on the branding development and production delivery of the exhibition. The final product of the 'Savannah Secession' exhibition is used as a recruitment tool; which as received numerous awards of 'Excellence' in the 'Integrated Campaign' category at the UCDA Design Conferences and other leading competitions throughout the country.
Secession 2011 is an opportunity for the top graduating graphic design students from the SCAD Savannah, Atlanta, Hong Kong, and eLearning campuses to have their work showcased. As visual communicators, we navigate through networks of information. While these relationships form across groups of people as well as between digital and handmade processes, our thoughts shift into a growing system of visual metaphors. Join the network. Students that worked on the design team: *Krisna MacDonald, Erin Mercurio, Steve Zimmerman, Jamie Slater, Ramona Todoca, and Lauren Mae Oswald.
" Amaranth Foundation exists to help communities achieve their full potential. The activities are mainly directed to children with visual and physical disabilities in the United States and the Developing World. The foundation partners with other organizations and institutions in the US and the Developing World, and develops new programs as needed."
Giang Nguyen creates branding for men's grooming supplies aimed at the new dandy. This is a student project for Savannah College of Design, MA in Graphic Design program. Identity & packaging design for ODIN, a company producing and retailing men's grooming supplies & skincare. The brand targets contemporary, young, dandy gentlemen. ODIN promotes the qualities: gentlemanly, wise & poetic. Classic but not ritual, old-school but not hipster-like, fashionable but not fancy, refined but not luxurious. The design solution has the look and feel of old apothecary sold by sailors at the port in the old world. The packaging design aims to promote that ODIN's products are naturally made, hand-made and finely-crafted, limited & made to order rather than commodities industrially mass-produced.
Professor Merrick Henry (Professor/Advisor)
The main goal is to inspire and motivate the prince to engage into biking, and serve as a good role model for his citizens. Norwegian crown princess Mette-Marit already participated in the "Cycle to Work" movement, and drew a lot of attention to the issue.1 Her act also had a very positive impact on the royal family's image. I hope that my solution will stimulate the prince to continue these good practices. In terms of format, I suggest using a triptych composed of three framed posters. The posters will be placed on a wall in the prince's bedroom, in front of his bed. Every morning, he will see the beautiful designs, and they will inspire him to contribute to the bicycle's popularity.
Professor Merrick Henry (Professor/Advisor)
Print design is no doubt changing and shifting course and it is up to graphic designers to ultimately steer that course towards something more expressive, more meaningful, and more valuable. The student aimed to support the idea that quality will win out over quantity in print design, as is the case for all lasting and true art forms. In support of this argument, the goal was to create something of artistic significance that uses highly tactile graphic design to convey the personal story and historical significance of the grandmother's life in World War II Germany. Here is a story that is deeply personal to the student and how they have chosen to use voice as a visual communicator to express and share her life's human and historical meaning.
Professor Merrick Henry (Thesis Consultant/Advisor)
The Benefits of Improved Collaboration Between Architecture, Interior Design and Graphic Design. The total integration of graphic design, interior design, and architecture can only be achieved through full collaboration, the synthesis of ideas, and by giving a holistic perspective to designing. The design team must understand the contributions and problem solving techniques of all disciplines to prevent one discipline taking a backseat to another. This collaboration is important and will result in a more cohesive and powerful design, which uses the different skill sets to push and challenge each discipline.
Professor Merrick Henry (Thesis Chair/Advisor)
"To educate yourself for the feeling of gratitude means to take nothing for granted, but to always seek out and value the kind that will stand behind the action. Nothing that is done for you is a matter of course. Everything originates in a will for the good, which is directed at you. Train yourself never to put off the word or action for the expression of gratitude."
I would like to say 'THANK YOU' to all the students listed below. It's evident that your hardwork and effort have truly helped shaped me into a better visual communicator and person.
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