Department: Fine Arts School: College of Arts and Sciences Campus: Manhattan
Member of NYIT Since: 2004
Patty Wongpakdee is a recipient of a 2013 In-house Design Award from Graphic Design USA, a leading news magazine for designers and creative professionals. The award recognizes her print designs for the American Cancer Society.
Why teach at NYIT?
I love being in the world of academia as it has given me the opportunity to inspire and be inspired by a legion of energetic, young designers. At NYIT, I teach subjects that I am passionate about and have the privilege to lead by example.
Winning a 2013 Graphic Design USA in-house design award on behalf of the NYIT Department of Fine Arts and the American Cancer Society is an honor. I'm proud of the pro bono design work I do for the society's distinguished events. It has provided me a unique opportunity to give back to an organization in a personal way.
The eight events that I've either produced or co-produced with colleagues. We invited creative professionals to present current work and participate in panel discussions on different topics at the college's Manhattan venues such as the 11th floor auditorium (16 W. 61st St.) and the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway (1871 Broadway). These events have offered art and design students, along with creative professionals, occasions to observe and contemplate original concepts and processes from industry pioneers and top designers.
Next big project
I'm curating and authoring a graphic design book about upcycled art and design, to be released in fall 2013.
I enjoy action movies. The bigger the explosion, the better.
Kickboxing, browsing flea markets, and working on my personal art projects.
Creativity can be found anywhere, but my best inspirations come from flea markets, retail displays, urban spaces, design books, and websites.
Portland, Ore., where I visited the city's largest weekend flea market, of course.
There are many, but if I have to pick one, it's Dana Tanamachi, a graphic designer and custom chalk letterer. Watch Vimeo videos to see her creative process.
"Birthday Bash," invitations designed for the American Cancer Society to announce an inaugural celebration in honor of renowned interior designers, Nate Burkus and Geoffrey Bradfield, for supporting the organization.
"Financial Services Cares," print materials designed for an American Cancer Society gala.