John Gialanella, MFA

John Gialanella Lecturer
Northern Arizona University
Visual Communication
Blg COM 16 Rm #311
Phone: 928-523-7315

Personal Website

Research & Teaching Interests

Utilizing a wide array of tools, experiences, and exploration, the classroom becomes more than an arena for learning program functions, but a place in which collaboratively and individually, solutions can be found and worked out through design problems. With the aid of readings from books and articles, exposure to trends through blogs, and lessons in technical proficiency, students gather an understanding of the historical precedence in their field, how it has evolved to inform contemporary culture, and how they can translate that knowledge to their own real-scenario projects—whether it be through an identity, book design, or typography. Inherent in any design project are a multitude of solutions, our goal is to discover the unique and experimental, while learning at the same time program dexterity, design history, and how to be upstanding, responsible and ethical members of the profession.

Courses Offered

  • VC 329 Typographics I
  • VC 330 Typographics II
  • VC 331 Graphic Design I
  • VC 332 Graphic Design II

Representative Research & Creative Activity

Print: Art Director for Sonora Review and work published in the forthcoming Ground Water; The Art, Design and Science of a Dry River.
Gallery: work included in shows at the Lionel Rombach Gallery, Drachman Institute, Kachina Gallery, Fluxx Gallery, University of Arizona Museum of Art, the Klemm Gallery, and the Jack Sinclair Letterpress Studio (curated).


MFA, Visual Communications, University of Arizona, 2012
BFA, Graphic Design, Siena Heights University, 2008