The Friends of the Carlyle Campbell Library
The Power of Effective Design
in the Literary Landscape:
NCLR, North Carolina’s
Best-Kept Secret Revealed
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Dana Ezzell Lovelace is an award-winning graphic designer, art director, writer, and professor. In addition to teaching full-time as a Professor of Graphic Design in Meredith’s Department of Art and directing its Graphic Design Program, Lovelace serves as the Art Director for the North Carolina Literary Review (NCLR) (a literary journal). Lovelace also serves Meredith College as a Creative Director of the Circus Design Studio at Meredith College (a real-world in-house design studio) and a Faculty Design Advisor for Meredith’s Art & Literary journal, The Colton Review.
Before joining the Meredith faculty in 2007, Lovelace worked as a graphic design professor at Auburn University in Auburn, AL. Her forte and passion is typography, and she takes pride in both the creative process and the creative potential held within a printed design or interactive work. Lovelace has 25 years of experience as a professional graphic designer with specific areas of interest in typography, visual poetry, critical reading and writing, print design, and interactive/web design.
Her professional design practice centers around print and web projects for various clients, while her creative research focuses on discovering the potential that words have to communicate on a deeper level than merely speaking, reading, or writing them. She engages them as living matter and uses them as “typographic landscapes” to stimulate imagination.
Lovelace’s design work has been recognized by the CASE Awards and in such publications as Print magazine’s Regional Design Annual, the Applied Arts Awards Annual, American Corporate Identity, and the Big Book of Logos 4.
Lovelace takes great pride in sharing her passion for design and typography with her students and encourages them ‘to be true to themselves and find their own artistic vision.’ She presents papers and visual work annually at the SECAC National Art Conference where she avidly discusses her teaching processes, design philosophy, and student’s work.