David Leicester Hardy is an assistant professor at James Madison University in Virginia and is a multidisciplinary graphic designer working in web, interactive, print-based, and motion graphics design. With over fifteen years of professional experience, he has worked for advertising agencies, educational institutions, private firms, non-profit institutions, and artists and musicians.
Prior to his service at James Madison, David was a professor and Director of the Graphic Communications Program at the College of Southern Nevada. He also served as President of the Las Vegas chapter of AIGA, where he helped serve the 2016 national conference.
His research interests include multidisciplinary design and the convergence of designers across disciplines as creative technologists as well as creative thinkers. David also explored the study of innovation and failure in design in his MFA thesis “Mapping Praxis,” which included interviews and case studies with Paula Scher, Joshua Davis, and Rob Carter, among others.
Laura Hunt Trull
Laura Hunt Trull received her BSW in Social Work from James Madison University in 2001 and her MSW in Social Work with concentration in Community Organizing and Advocacy and as a Title IV-E Child Welfare Scholar in 2009 from the University of Minnesota. In 2015 she received a PhD in Strategic Leadership Studies with concentration in Nonprofit and Community Leadership from James Madison University. Dr. Trull has practiced Social Work at primarily the Macro level in administration and management and in policy development and implementation with the federal Head Start program. Her research has focused largely on community based participatory research methods, interprofessional education, nonprofit leadership and health policy. She is currently Assistant Professor of Social Work at James Madison University and teaches Social Policy and in the Nonprofit Studies Minor, among other core undergraduate Social Work courses.
Tanner Leslie is a graphic designer, photographer, and studio artist studying at James Madison University in Virginia. He was born and raised in Portland, Maine and became obsessed with design and photography at a young age.
He is passionate about using design to solve problems in new ways, effect people to make change, and push the envelope of what and how we communicate. In addition to graphic design, Tanner also studies and practices film photography, printmaking, and painting.
Tanner is employed as a junior designer at branding and packaging design firm, Pulp + Wire, a staff photographer for JMU Athletics Communications, and the Photo Editor at The Breeze. He is also the vice president of JMU’s chapter of Kappa Pi, the international honorary coed art fraternity.
My name is Rachel Mares. And making is my thing. As a maker of many genres, it doesn’t feel right to set boundaries with a categorized title. Instead, I’d rather be known as a multimedia inspired maker. Throughout my work, I strive to create captivating and thought-provoking moments through storytelling and linear details.
I welcome the collaboration of ideas and critical editing throughout processes of making. I am a dreamer, a radical thinker, and am in the market to impact the visual world. On a more personal level, I was born and raised in the DMV. I have an addiction to ice cream and peanut butter. I have an affinity for anything soft and squishy, and would encourage you to pick your head up more often than not. Yogi is my dog baby, and she is by far the best puppy in the whole world.
Antonio’s a young and determined designer from the Northside of Richmond, Virginia. The Richmond area is overflowing with artistic minds and their work displayed on buildings, on walls, and on every corner downtown. Richmond is also the home of the Virginia Fine Arts Museum, so growing up, he was surrounded by creativity daily. Inevitably, the arts became intertwined into his dream to make a change in today’s world. It wasn’t until high school that Antonio became intrigued with graphic design, when a teacher introduced him to a computer graphics class. He took all that he had learned in high school and brought it to James Madison University, where He is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design.
When he’s not working on my next project, he takes his competitiveness to a game controller, which allows him to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. He also likes showing off his creative skills on the basketball court, from time to time. Though he appreciates those extracurricular activities, he believe that he was created to prosper, to enjoy life, but most importantly, to create.
Noah is a graphic designer and writer studying at James Madison University. He likes clean lines, cool fonts, and a good shot of espresso. Evoking a reaction is a crucial part of design. His eye for simplicity persists, creating clean and innovative designs to enhance industry, message, and visual appeal in both print and digital applications. Creating memorable designs that influence and challenge is his ultimate goal.
Hannah is a graphic design major at JMU. As a designer, she thrives in a fast-paced environment with creative and diverse groups of people. She is always in search of a new opportunity to work with others with the same passions as her, such as art, design, and education. As Banksy quotes, “think outside the box, collapse the box, and take a sharp knife to it.” Through dedication and hard work at JMU, in combination with her experiences in professional work environments, she believes she can achieve what Banksy preaches. Hannah is eager to inspire people with her designs and very enthusiastic to continue her goal of learning something new every day.
Dylan Ashley is a Justice Studies major at James Madison University. Focusing in Global Justice and policy, with a minor in Nonprofit Management. His professional background is in international nonprofits. In 2016 he interned for the Executive Director of the Red Cross. After that he worked as an IT Research Assistant for Operation Smile, an international medical charity that fixes cleft lip and cleft palate in developing countries. He currently works as Grants and Communications Coordinator at The Harrisonburg Education Foundation. Post-Grad he is looking to move to the D.C. Metro area and continue his work in the nonprofit sector working for an international nonprofit.
Heather is a Hospitality Management major with minors in Business and Nonprofit Studies. She is involved in InterVarsity, Gamma Sigma Sigma, and Eta Delta Sigma at James Madison University. She currently resides in Front Royal, Virginia. Heather is planning and executing fundraisers for three different nonprofits in Virginia. Through her experiences throughout different sectors of Hospitality from event venues, wedding planning, to now nonprofit fundraising and development, she has grown a love for nonprofits and using her passions to help others. She loves to create fun events that are unique to the nonprofit and the type of event being planned. Heather hopes to have a career in creating exciting fundraisers that generate revenue and awareness for the nonprofit’s cause.
Rachel is a graphic design professional currently located in the DC Metro Area. She constantly searching for new opportunities to expand her portfolio and gain hands on experience in wide spread graphic design fields. Her coursework at James Madison has fine tuned her eye for design. In addition, she has experience working with the Adobe Creative Suite, specifically Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, but she is highly interested in learning other programs as well. Furthermore, her recent industry experience working as a Jr Graphics Designer for Openbox9 and Hunt Smith Design has allowed her to develop her self-driven work ethic.