Amber Walsh has been in the Communication Design industry since 1999, when she started working as the Art Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Abilene in Texas. A native Texan, her love for nonprofits only grew as she still continues to work with charitable organizations and foundations today. Amber has had many titles including: Graphic Designer, Art Coordinator, Manager, Business Owner, Freelancer, Educator and Researcher.
Her professional experience spans across identity design, print design and interaction design: magazine publication, catalogs and print advertisement, logotype and trademark branding, marketing collateral, signage, annual reports, illustrations and web design. Walsh’s research interests focus on how Design acts as a diverse and disruptive force, particularly in educational settings. The methods and theoretical underpinnings of Design Research humanize design approaches. Solving problems can help change situations and environments; it is not just about arriving at a visual artifact. Although the field of graphic design is expansive, Design in its broadest sense is more of that which Jorge Frascara talks about: Solving an interdisciplinary problem that involves better understanding of people and society (Frascara, Design and the Social Sciences: Making Connections, 2002). For Walsh, visual communication design transcends the surface level of visual elements, carrying a greater capacity to connect, stimulate, and even persuade an audience to action.
- BFA in Graphic Design, University of Texas at Arlington.
- MFA in Design Research, the University of North Texas