Back to the Beginning

Keetra Dean Dixon

Filmed on October 10, 2015, at the 2015 AIGA Design Conference.

In April 2014 Dixon packed up her happy New York City life and headed to Alaska. Every since she’s been testing the claim “I can do my job from anywhere.” Her adventuring and stubborn naivety has brought a vigor to old wisdoms as she continues to expand category-defying practice. She’ll share how monumental change and isolation has amplified her love of inventing new processes and discovering different ways to create connection through wonder.

Keetra Dean Dixon is a designer and artist who relocated from New York City to rural Alaska by building a new studio practice with a remote home base. Dixon traded in her role as an experiential design director to focus on independent practices including lettering sculpture and product design. Her hybrid design background continues to lead her work towards speculative terrain leveraging emergent technologies and process-focused making.

Dixon is an ADC Young Gun and a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Award. Her client roster includes the New York Times Nike VW and Coach. She’s shown at the Walker Art Center the Cooper Hewitt the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and her work is in the permanent design collection at the SFMOMA.