Saskia Gabriella van Kampen
At SF State Since:
Saskia van Kampen (MDes, RGD, AIGA) has taught graphic Design at OCAD Universitry in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as an Assistant Professor since 2014 and is now Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at San Francisco State University. She is focused on developing research projects that involve students, believing that by doing so she is supporting the next generation of designers to be socially driven in terms of accessible and inclusive design outcomes. Her research includes critical pedagogy in studio design courses, writing in the disciplines, and creative practice as protest. She is the Vice President of Education and board member of RGD (Registered Graphic Designers). Her role in RGD is to create programs that support both students and academic professionals in design. As such she has created a Canada-wide Designathon, set up yearly academic awards of excellence and has begun an academic peer-reviewed journal. Since moving to San Francisco she has joined the AIGA and hopes to work closely with them and SFSU studenst to create similar student programs. Van Kampen is also a contemporary feminist artist, using traditional creative practices such as needlework to deconstruct contemporary design methods and messages.