Curriculum Vitae

Education

Rhode Island School of Design
Providence, RI
Master of Fine Arts, with Honors
May 2009

Virginia Tech
School of Architecture + Design
Blacksburg, VA
Bachelor of Architecture, cum laude
May 2004 


Programs & Skills

InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, and FontLab.

Print, Web (with emphasis
on Responsive Design)
, Branding & Identity Design, Brand Strategy, Design Strategy, Exhibit Design, Photography, Spatial Design, Color Theory, Packaging Design, Screen Printing, Typography, Illustration, Large and Small Format Press Experience.

References available upon request.

 

Work Experience

athenahealth, Watertown, MA
Interactive Design Manager, October 2016–present
Responsible for visual design, interactive experience design, art direction, implementation, and support, for various projects relating to athenahealth.com and athenaInsight. Also responsible for design, art direction and implementation of products which are developed within Creative Services. All projects require a strong emphasis on brand awareness and brand execution. Collaborates with the athenaInsight team, ah.com team, Product Marketing, and Video team at athenahealth.

BEAM Interactive & Relationship Marketing, Boston, MA
Senior Art Director, June 2015–October 2016
Senior Art Director for clients such as Converse, MINI, Fidelity Investments, Fidelity Health Marketplace, and AMG. Responsible for designing interactive web experiences in collaboration with Strategy, UX/UI and Development teams.

Tank Design Inc., Cambridge, MA
Senior Designer, 2010–June 2015
Project designer for clients such as FedEx, New Balance, Puma, ServiceMaster, Rockport, Symantec, Boston Children’s Hospital, The Fullbridge Program, MDLive, TJX Companies, MyMove, Citizen’s Bank, The Wyeth Cambridge, SleepMed, TechAtlas, American Home Shield, athenahealth, Keds, Draper, Rotel and Tigers & Bears.

Responsible for designing, branding (including brand strategy), identity, interior spaces and print collateral for various clients, as well as press management and design management. Web experience includes solving for responsive design solutions.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Assistant Professor, 2009–2010
Instructor, Academic Advisor and developer of course curricula for Graphic Design 1, Typography 1, Book Design and History of Graphic Design. Also served as Faculty Advisor to the MSU AIGA Student Group.

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Graphic Designer, 2008–2009
Lead Designer of various identities, exhibition signage and brochures for the Department of Furniture Design.

Assistant Graphic Designer, 2008–2009 
Responsible for designing and typesetting content. Performed image editing and consultation to Ootje Oxenaar for ‘Infinite Radius’ Founding Rhode Island School of Design. Both publications were a production of the Office of the Dean of Architecture and Design.

Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners LLP,  Washington, DC & New York, NY
Jr. Architect/Graphic Designer, 2004–2006
Primary Designer of presentation graphics for clients such as the U.S. State Department, U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, Smithsonian Institution, U.S. Geological Survey, National Trust for Historic Preservation, American Museum of Natural History, National Air and Space Museum and Main Street Station, Richmond, VA. 

Graphic Design Intern, 2007
Produced design work in the Beyer Blinder Belle New York office for Grand Central Station and Terminal, Tavern on the Green Restaurant and the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Sacramento, CA


Teaching

Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
Adjunct Professor, Typography 1, Fall 2015
Instructor of a foundation level course in the Graphic Design Certificate Program. The course allows students to study and execute the principles of Typography.

Adjunct Professor, Beyond the Book, Summer 2015
Instructor of an advanced level course in the Graphic Design Certificate Program. The course allows students to explore book design through the study of analog and digital design applications.

Adjunct Professor, Graphic Design 2, Fall 2014
Instructor of a foundation level course in the Graphic Design Certificate Program. The course allows students to explore interactive applications while refining understanding of basic graphic design concepts including typography, color, and layout.

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Visiting Professor, Communications Design 4, 2013
Instructor of a senior level course in the BFA Studio Art program, which allows students to explore advance graphic design and conceptual techniques. The four week workshop allowed students to create a zine and learn about the process of concept to production.

Senior Project Design Advisor, 2013–2014
Design Advisor to a group of BFA Candidates at the University of Connecticut School of Fine Arts.

Youth Design, Boston, MA
Mentor and Virtual Art Director, 2013–2014
Mentor and Virtual Art Director in Summer design program created to help Boston area high school students realize their potential in the world of design. Students are given internships in local design firms and charged with design challenges, ultimately helping to place them in top university design programs after graduation. Boston, MA.

Workshop Leader/Instructor, 2013
Instructor of design workshops for high school students, participating in the Youth Design Summer Program at Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Boston, MA.

Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Assistant Professor, Book Design, 2010
Instructor of an upper level course in the BA and BFA Studio Art curriculum which allows students to explore the vast discipline of book design. Special emphasis on the book arts, layout, digital and analog fabrication, and advance typography prepare students to develop projects from concept to construction.

Assistant Professor, History of Graphic Design, 2010
Instructor of an undergraduate survey of graphic design history through slide lectures. The course is based on the model created by Doug Scott at the Rhode Island School of Design and involves study in how graphic design affected international, social, political, and technological developments since 1450. Emphasis on printed work from 1880 to 1970 and the relationship of that work to other visual arts and design disciplines is a major component of the course study. 

Assistant Professor, Graphic Design 1 - Graphic Form, 2009–2010
Instructor of an introductory course in the BA and BFA Studio Art curriculum, which initiates form analysis and manipulation, through theory, concept and visual tools, to develop clear formal languages. An emphasis on traditional and digital craft helps students to enhance visual and verbal articulation. (Sections taught during the Fall and Spring Semesters)

Assistant Professor, Typography 1 - Form & Meaning, 2009
Instructor of a course in the BA and BFA Studio Art curriculum, which introduces the formal and communicative properties of typography: letterform, font specification, style, meaning, texture, and space. 

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Graduate Section Leader for History of Graphic Design, Spring 2009
Graduate Section Leader for History of Graphic Design, an undergraduate chronological survey of graphic design through slide lectures. The course involved study in how graphic design responded to (and affected) international, social, political, and technological developments since 1450. In addition to the lectures, the course had a scheduled studio section in which design projects were integrated with research.

Instructor for Introduction to Graphic Design, Winter 2009
Instructor of an undergraduate course which introduced the fundamental practices and processes of graphic design. The intent of the course was to have students gain an understanding of what graphic design is, and its purpose. Through a series of exercises based on printed matter such as postcards, signs, posters, and books, students were not only introduced to a basic level of typography, color, and grids, but also diverse graphic forms and methods of storytelling. 

This course was structured around slide lectures which gave a condensed overview of the history of graphic design and various contemporary examples of design. Short format projects were used as a means to explore basic graphic design vocabulary to familiarize the student with the different stages of process, and give a broad technical foundation. Co-taught with Mary Banas.

Teaching Assistant for Exhibit Design, Fall 2008
Graduate Teaching Assistant to Doug Scott for Exhibit Design, which is a study in the presentation of information in a designed environment. Study emphasis was on integrative communication activity of all elements involved, e.g., time, space, movement, color, graphics, 3-D forms, objects, instructions, text, and construction.

Teaching Assistant for History of Graphic Design, Summer 2008
Graduate Teaching Assistant to Doug Scott for History of Graphic Design, an undergraduate chronological survey of graphic design through slide lectures (see above for course description).

Teaching Assistant for Typography 3, Fall 2007
Graduate Teaching Assistant to Kris Lenk for Typography 3, which is a course where students explore advanced problems in typography, such as: various contrasts, structural and proportional systems, hierarchy and sequencing of text as an image, legibility, critical theory, and some elements of the history of typography in relation to technology and contemporary trends in design. 

Teaching Assistant for Color, Spring 2007
Graduate Teaching Assistant to Aki Nurosi for Color, an undergraduate course developed as a series of experiences devoted to the development of the perception of color and its use as a tool for the graphic designer. The exercises test the appearance of color relationships in complex structures, dealing with meaning and examining the appropriate use of color in the context of design problems.


Lectures

“Hi, I’m Jen. I’m a Designer. I work at Tank” - MIT
Cambridge, MA, Fall 2014
Lecture given about Tank Design, design history, and design process and how it translates to professional design strategies.

“Jen Magathan Shares Her Process” - University of Connecticut, Lasell College and Massachusetts College of Art and Design 
Storrs, CT, Newton, MA  & Boston, MA, Fall 2013
Lecture given about personal design process and how it translates to professional design strategies.

“Portfolio - Design & Strategies” Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI, Spring 2010
Lecture given at a meeting of the Michigan State University Interior Design Student Group, about portfolio design and strategies for portfolio refinement.


Guest Critic

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
Fall 2014
Guest Critic/Lecturer at first project meeting for on campus club, Design for America. The student group works to create a better environment through design.

Massachusetts College of Art & Design, Boston, MA
Certificate Program (CE), Spring 2014
Guest Critic in the Final Critique of Certificate Program Participants.

Graphic Design 1 (CE), Fall 2013
Guest Critic in the Graphic Design 1 Continuing Education Course. Boston, MA.

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Communications Design 4, Fall 2013
Guest Critic in the Senior Level Communications Design Course.

Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Making It (Healthcare Reform) Understandable, Winter 2012
Guest Critic for final project in Winter Session Course.

Web Design, Fall 2011
Guest Critic for final project in the Web Design Course.

Northeastern University, Boston, MA
Information Design & Senior Portfolio, Fall 2011
Guest Critic in the Information Design Course.


Journals & Publications

Forming Process: Design Through Layered Visual Systems and Multiple Collection Methods
Rhode Island School of Design, Spring 2009
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Book housed in the collection at the RISD Fleet Library, Providence, RI.

Feed, Forward, Feedback: RISD Graduate Process
Rhode Island School of Design, Spring 2009
Design contributor to a RISD publication about process and development of thesis projects among graduate students. Published by the Rhode Island School of Design, 2009.

Selected* Collections - Graduate Studio Class Journal
Rhode Island School of Design, Spring 2007
Director of Photography and Design Contributor to a graduate class journal. Journal sold in limited edition on Lulu.com.

This is Not a Manifesto - Graduate Seminar Journal
Rhode Island School of Design, Fall 2006
Design contributor to a graduate class design journal. Journal sold in limited edition on Lulu.com.


Exhibitions

“For Cheap’s Sake: Photocopied” Exhibit
(SCENE) Metrospace, East Lansing, MI, 2010
Featured artist in an exhibition displaying innovative uses of Xerography and artwork created on a budget. The piece selected for this show was “Victory/Defeat”, an original zine designed in 2009. 

RISD Annual Graduate Thesis Exhibition
Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI, 2009
Participant and co-coordinator of graphic design section of the show. Coordinated the design of the physical exhibition space and designed exhibition print material, including brochures and name plates (for the graphic design section). 

Dialogue/Bauhaus
Jacques & Natasha Gelman Gallery, Chace Center, RISD Museum, Providence, RI, 2009
Participant in exhibition curated by Judy Sue and Nick Heywood. 

If you Fall…
RISD Design Center, Providence, RI, 2008
Participant in a collaborative exhibition designed as a reaction to dependency. Thirteen people collaborated in the design of the space, exhibit elements, printed matter, and a website.

Graduate Graphic Design Show
Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI, 2008
Participant in exhibition curated by Hoon Kim. 

Virginia Tech European Travel Program Exhibition
Cowgill Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2003
Three day exhibit of sketches and photography collected during 2002 Fall Semester European Travel.

“The Assisi Pages” Exhibit
Cowgill Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2003
Two day independent exhibition of a street study done in Assisi, Italy. A six foot long sketch of Via San Francisco was displayed in the lower lobby of Cowgill Hall, Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design.


Awards

Urban Canvas Design Competition - Winner, 2010 
This competition was an innovative contest to develop creative artwork for construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoons in New York City. “My Urban Sky” was one of four chosen winners from 133 entries (National). Installed at City University of New York - Hunter College School of Social Work in East Harlem, and on 2 blocks of construction fence in the South Street Seaport.

Treehugger.com Design Competition - Winner, 2006
T-Shirt Design Contest (National) in which the winning design would be printed and sold nationally.
   
Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design Faculty Choice Thesis Design Award, 2004
Awarded to the top 30 thesis projects for Bachelor of Architecture Candidates (of 100 candidates) at Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech Visiting Lecture Series Poster Design Competition - Winner, 2003
Poster Design Competition for Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design Visiting Lecture Series entitled “In Site.”


Organizations

Massachusetts Teachers Association 2014–Present
Member of organization that represents 110,000 members in more than 400 local associations throughout Massachusetts. The MTA is teachers, faculty, professional staff and education support professionals working at public schools, colleges and universities across Massachusetts. Boston, MA.

Lasell College Design School Advisory Board Member 2014–Present
Member of Advisory Board that determines the trajectory and course development of the Graphic Design curriculum at Lasell College. Newton, MA.

Youth Design Selection Committee 2014
Interviewed potential participants in Youth Design program. Boston, MA.

Youth Design Mentor and Virtual Art Director 2013–2014
Participant in mentorship program for Boston area high school students. Boston, MA.  

AIGA Member and Faculty Advisor 2009–2010
Member of national organization for graphic designers and artists. Faculty Advisor of the Michigan State University AIGA Student Group. 

Virginia Tech Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, 2003–2004
Served as Acting Secretary from 2003–2004 as well as the Chief Graphic Designer of the Chapter.

Phi Beta Delta Honor Fraternity, 2003–2004
Selected member of International Honor Fraternity of students who have maintained an excellent academic record, while participating in a study abroad program.

American Institute of Architecture Students Virginia Tech Chapter, 2003–2004
Graphic Designer of posters displayed throughout the Virginia Tech Campus. 

School of Architecture + Design European Travel Program Participant, 2002
One of 37 students chosen for 2002 Fall Semester Architectural Study Program. Traveled to more than 60 cities in Europe and 7 countries.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 1999–2004
Selected member of National Honor Society.

Virginia Tech Dean’s List, 1999–2004
Maintained an average of 3.5 or higher each semester attended, qualifying for the University Dean’s List 10 semesters.

Virginia Tech Student Athlete Dean’s List, 1999–2004
Maintained an average of 3.5 or higher each semester attended, qualifying for the University Student Athlete Dean’s List 10 semesters.

Virginia Tech Field Hockey Team, 1999–2004
Starting Goalkeeper for the Virginia Tech Field Hockey Team for four seasons.