Scientific Poster Design – Speaker Bios
Science Communication Workshop: Scientific Poster Design
November 13, 2014
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Rhode Island School of Design
Edna Lawrence Nature Lab
Rafael Attias left his native home of Venezuela to pursue a Degree at Rhode Island School of Design. Upon graduating he began working as a graphic designer and art director with several prominent Providence and Boston firms. Through his years at RISD and to this date he has been involved in creating, performing, and recording music, merging visuals with sound, as well as multimedia abstract painting. Current projects include “The ear draws inward”, an experimental album as well as several multimedia collaborations. Rafael has been a Professor at RISD since 1998. He has successfully balanced a professional design life with an academic career and finds the two careers to be mutually beneficial and dynamic. In 2001 he was honored to be a candidate for the Award for Excellence in Teaching at RISD.
Patrick Garvin is a designer/graphic artist for The Boston Globe, BostonGlobe.com and Boston.com. Garvin develops infographics and other projects, mindful of how they appear in print, on mobile and on desktop computers.
Micah Barrett, a graphic designer working in Providence, Rhode Island, is constantly examining the meeting place of printed matter, digital distribution and physical space. Micah’s design practice consists of posters, websites, motion graphics and other manifestations of visual identities. He holds an BFA from RISD.
Neal Overstrom is a biologist, designer, educator and the Director of The Nature Lab at Rhode Island School of Design. His work has focused on promoting environmental education and literacy through informal learning experiences. Prior to coming to RISD he held senior posts for exhibit development, zoological management, and aquatic animal research at the Mystic Aquarium. Neal earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Arts in Zoology from Connecticut College, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2009 he was named the Landscape Architecture Foundation’s University of Massachusetts Olmsted Scholar, exploring the intersection of living systems, technology, and aesthetics in designing for sustainability. His current interests involve investigating biological influences on design, particularly the ways in which pattern, form and living elements in the built environment can reinforce the human-nature connection.
This program was supported by the National Science Foundation EPSCoR Cooperative Agreement #EPS-1004057: