Denise Gonzales Crisp is a designer, writer, educator, curator, and author of Graphic Design in Context: Typography (Thames&Hudson, 2012). She is Professor of Graphic Design in the Department of Graphic and Industrial Design, College of Design, North Carolina State University, and is the Director of the Master of Graphic Design (MGD) program. Her work and writing are published internationally, most recently in Design and Culture Journal, and Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California and Graphic Design, 1936-1986.
Denise has presented, lectured, given keynote addresses, or conducted workshops at conferences and numerous institutions in Europe, Canada, Mexico, and across the U.S. Her expertise and interests in typography, typographic education, typographic tools, and Graphic Design (The Discipline), are fodder for her design writing. The DecoRational (a term she coined) was the basis for the exhibition Deep Surface: Contemporary Ornament and Pattern at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, co-curated with Susan Yelavi.