Communications & PR Director
Linda Norlen is a design consultant, educator, and writer. For 15 years she ran her own office in Los Angeles, specializing in print, exhibit, and environmental design projects. She also taught for many years, first at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), then at Art Center College of Design. For five years she was the first provost at Art Center, where she was responsible for all its undergraduate and graduate programs.
More recently she lived in Italy for three years. For two years at Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, she acted as consultant to the director and as writer/editor, helping researchers communicate about complex, technical projects in clear language. She also spent a sabbatical year exploring many parts of Italy and researching a book.
After returning to the U.S., she earned an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from Goucher College. She was artist in residence at the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts at Austin Peay University, where she led an interdisciplinary project that combined writing and publication design. She also taught a writing course for graduate students in Visual Communication Design at the University of Washington.
Linda has always been attracted to design for the way it addresses real-world issues. She's still interested in taking part in the conversation about that, and also in writing about it.