Doug Kisor



Doug Kisor studied design at Michigan State University and Western Michigan University. His graduate work included study in Switzerland and Italy, each experience having a transforming influence on his work—in particular, one amazing afternoon spent with Max Huber and Achille Castiglioni. In 1997, Kisor accepted a position at the College for Creative Studies, a private art and design college located in Detroit, where he is professor and chair of the Graphic Design department. The unique nature of this professional program offered Kisor an opportunity to develop a curriculum that builds on tradition and embraces new methods and channels of communication.

Kisor is a founding member and the first president of AIGA Detroit, where he has also served in the capacity of education chair, programming chair and co-chair of “Design Re:view” in 2004, AIGA Detroit’s first juried exhibition. He has been a board member for the Graphic Design Education Association and chaired the GDEA conference “Ethics and Values in Design Education.” In 2003, Kisor and senior student Nina Bianchi were invited to present CCS’s four-year design program experience at the Icograda Visualogue conference in Nagoya, Japan, as one of 11 programs globally representing new directions in design education. His recent presentations include papers at “Schools of Thought II” and “Schools of Thought III,” in 2005 and 2007, respectively. His work has been published in the AIGA annual, American Center for Design’s 100 Show annual, Print regional annual, Soul Design exhibition book, Typographics 2, Typography Now Two and other regional and national publications.

Kisor coordinates an annual international summer graphic design study program based in Den Haag, the Netherlands. The program has created an opportunity for hundreds of students and professionals to work with and within one of the world’s most innovative design cultures. The program, titled “De Program,” is studio-based, working with teams of innovative design thinkers and practitioners.