Karen brings a diverse background in art, design, and political theory to her work in the studio. Her research interests include advocacy as a creative practice with a focus on visual communication, how different modes of design representation relate to public discourse around large-scale environmental issues, and the role of narrative in design; how we read, understand, and disseminate knowledge about environmental phenomena. Karen’s work experience includes graphic and communication design in the environmental non-profit sector, design research at the University of Toronto in the GRIT (Green Roof Innovation Testing) lab, and design concept development for the MOVE Exhibit at the Institute Without Boundaries / Toronto Brickworks. She has also exhibited design work in group shows at both the Larry Wayne Richards Gallery and Gladstone Hotel in Toronto.
Karen May Projects & Programs:
New Orleans: Port City to Global HinterlandDesign Speculation
Center for River Studies and Exhibition DesignThe design of a 9,000 square foot exhibition space and development of exhibit content on coastal protection and restoration to be housed in the Center for River Studies.Visual Communication
Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) Visualization and Communication ProgramThe program is intended to educate and foster an understanding of CPRA’s efforts to implement a complex system of coastal community sustaining and restoration measures that will ensure the reduction...Visual Communication