Andrea Herstowski

School of Architecture & Design - Design
Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Design
Primary office:
Marvin Hall
Room 317
University of Kansas
1465 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, Kansas 66045
Second office:
Chalmers Hall
Room 353



Summary

Andrea Herstowski received a B.F.A. in Design, Visual Communication at the University of Kansas in 1991. Wanting to escape the open range of Kansas, she trusted that her KU education gave her what she need to be a junior designer in San Francisco, CA. She quickly found freelance work and worked steadily for two years on large and small projects with Landor Associates, Esprit Corps, Thinking Hat, and Meta Design.

After two years of fog filled days, the call to graduate school had to be answered. Andrea was accepted into both the Jan Van Eyke Academy in Maastricht, Netherlands and the Schule fur Gestaltung in Basel, Switzerland. Such a decision needed time, after 8 months of Paris living she had her decision. It was clear she must learn from the typographic masters at the Schule fur Gestaltung. While there she spent most of her days in the type shop working with Wolfgang Weingart. In 1995, she received her equivalent of an M.F.A. For the next 3 years she worked for xplicit GmbH and split her time between Frankfort and Berlin, Germany. Her days and nights were filled designing materials for banks, furniture companies, software companies and the leading techno magazine in the country.

The pull back to SF to work crazy hours and never seeing a blue sky was strong. Andrea moved back to SF to start Factor Design Inc with her Meta Design colleague Jeff Zwerner. Factor was a success working on large branding, packaging and websites for companies such as Sun Microsystems, Quicken Books, Symantec and Apple Computers. In the evenings she taught design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Her last year in SF was spent commuting down to sunny Cupertino to work with Apple on typeface design/standards and packaging.

While teaching at the Academy and working with Apple were both a dream come true, it was time to move back to Kansas. Since 2002, Andrea Herstowski has been at the University of Kansas. Over the past 14 years she has been promoted, tenured, and recognized for excellence in teaching. She loves teaching sophomores typography and helping the seniors prepare their portfolios. She continues to believe that the KU education prepares the student to be able to move anywhere in the country and get a job. But she uses the portfolio class to make sure! For the last 4 years, in addition to teaching she serves as Chair of the Department of Design which holds the majors in Visual Communication Design, Industrial Design, Photo Media, Illustration & Animation and Environmental Design.

Andrea owes her successes to her parents strong personalities and professionalism, and to her professors, mentors, art directors, colleagues and friends: Matthew Gaynor, Lois Greene, Douglas Sellers, Bernie Wooster, Annette Stenner, Paul Rand, Richard Sapper, Armin Hofmann, Lucille Tenazas, Jana Anderson, Erik Scott, Terry Irwin, Erik Spiekerman, Maria Calderon, Wolfgang Weingart, Mary Scott, Thomas Nagel, Alexander Branczyk, Stefan Hauser, Jeff Zwerner, Gabe Campodonico, Rick Cusick, Patrick Dooley, Jeremy Shellhorn, Tad Carpenter, Lance Rake, Pam Dorr, John Bielenberg. And all her students and alumni that keep her on her toes, inspired and only sometimes disappointed.

Education

M.F.A., Schule Für Gestaltung

B.F.A., Design, with an emphasis in Visual Communication, University of Kansas

Yale University Summer Program

Teaching Interests

  • Design
  • DesignThinking
  • GraphicDesign
  • Typography
  • PublicationDesign
  • Branding
  • WebDesign
  • AppDesign
  • FontDesign

Research Interests

  • Design
  • DesignThinking
  • GraphicDesign
  • Typography
  • PublicationDesign
  • Branding
  • WebDesign
  • AppDesign
  • FontDesign
  • Community
  • NonProfit

Selected Work

Designer, Salina Art Center, 01/01/2007 - 12/31/2012

Designer, Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe, 01/01/2005 - 12/31/2012

Designer, Typeface Design in the Digital Era, 01/01/2011 - 05/31/2011

Designer, School of Fine Arts, 01/01/2005 - 12/31/2008

Designer, Landor Associates, 12/31/2004

Designer, Apple Computer, 12/31/2002

Designer, Stanford Medical School Admissions, 12/31/2002

Selected Grants

Herstowski, Andrea, (Co-Investigator), Mapping Study Abroad to the Major, Faculty Support Grant Fund, Office of Study Abroad, $5,600, - 12/31/2016) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Herstowski, Andrea, (Principal), Google Grant, Google Grants, $10,000, (01/01/2008 - 12/31/2013) . For Profit (company/corporation). Status: Funded.

Herstowski, Andrea, (Co-Investigator), Study Abroad Research, Dean's Office, School of Architecture, Design and Planning, $6,000, - 12/31/2012) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Herstowski, Andrea, (Co-Principal), Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe, Kansas National Science Foundation, $150,000, - 12/31/2011) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Herstowski, Andrea, (Principal), Apparent Movement, GRF: General Research Fund, $5,200, - 12/31/2007) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Herstowski, Andrea, (Co-Principal), Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Quarked! project was conceived by Professor Alice Bean at the University of Kansas in 2003 as an entertaining method of introducing the world of subatomic physics to kids and adults., $75,000, - 12/31/2006) . Foundation. Status: Funded.

Herstowski, Andrea, (Co-Principal), Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe, Kansas National Science Foundation NSFCor, $200,000, - 12/31/2005) . Federal. Status: Funded.

Herstowski, Andrea, (Principal), Typographic Insights: A Visual Dialogue on Typeface Design, $8,000, - 12/31/2004) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Herstowski, Andrea, (Principal), CTE, Best Practices, Center for Teaching Excellence, the University of Kansas, $750, - 12/31/2003) . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

H.O.P.E Award Finalist
KU Senior Class
2017

Outstanding Educator
KU Mortar Board
2017

University of Kansas was awarded Best School. Students took home several Best of Categories, including best portfolios in the Senior, Junior and Sophomore categories
National Student Show and Conference
2016

University of Kansas was awarded Best School.
National Student Show and Conference
2015

University of Kansas was awarded Best School.
National Student Show and Conference
2013

Sabbatical
The University of Kansas
2012

University of Kansas was awarded Best School.
National Student Show and Conference
2012

Quarked! Adventures in the Subatomic Universe project
2005, NSFCor – a Kansas National Science Foundation; 2006, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
2005 - 2012

Kemper Fellow
The University of Kansas
2011

CTE Teaching Award
The University of Kansas
2010

Ned N. Fleming Trust Award
The University of Kansas
2010

Golden Apple Award
The Dallas Society of Visual Communication
2007


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