Field of Study 👀 Research-creation design practice
Trevor Embury is a Euro-Canadian settler graphic designer, researcher, educator, and learner. His practice is situated at the intersection of graphic design and art and actively engages relationships between contemporary critical theory, interdisciplinary collaboration, and engagement with praxis.
His practice and pedagogy focus on the political project of design and its entanglement within a techno-social system. By doing so, he problematizes notions of agency, mediation, instrumentalism, participation, and knowledge for redirection and transformation. He explores alternative lines of inquiry located in neighbouring systems of knowledge to broaden understandings and perspectives with the intention of extending imaginaries and narratives beyond the dominant model of thought.
He is currently Assistant Professor in the Graphic and Digital Design department at the University of the Fraser Valley, director of visual communication at DesignTO Festival, and former partner at aftermodern.lab inc. He has taught at OCAD University, University of Illinois Chicago, and Alberta University of the Arts. He has presented work both nationally and internationally at a variety of academic and professional venues such as OCAD University, Tokyo Design Week, Dubai Design Week, and the Chicago Art Book Fair. He holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physical Geography from the University of Calgary and a Master of Design (MDes) in Graphic Design from the School of Design, University of Illinois Chicago with the Basel School of Design. ︎ Email to inquire.