Department: Fine Arts School: College of Arts and Sciences Campus: Manhattan
Member of NYIT Since: 2002
Rozina Vavetsi is a recipient of a 2013 In-house Design Award from Graphic Design USA, a leading news magazine for graphic designers and creative professionals. The award recognizes her design for the NYIT poster, "In Brands We Trust."
Why teach at NYIT?
Diversity of the student body, friendly and supportive faculty, and the college's emphasis on interdisciplinary studies and technology. I also love how the New York campuses are a study in contrasts: one in the frenetic heart of Manhattan and the other situated in a bucolic paradise in Long Island.
It's an honor to be included among award-winning Graphic Design USA in-house designers and to represent NYIT in such a prestigious publication. For the past 10 years, I've designed posters, invitations, and other collateral materials to promote NYIT events such as the Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE), Fine Arts Faculty exhibitions, NYIT's 50th Anniversary, "Design Watch" panel series, and more. I won my first award in 2006 for "Possibilities," my HOW Design Conference commemorative poster, and another in 2008 for "Brutal Appetite" in the Good50x70 Social Cause Competition in Milan, Italy.
Co-founding NYIT's "Design Watch" series. Associate Professor Patty Wongpakdee and I realized NYIT needed to build more bridges to the New York design community. So we initiated a series of panel discussions to bring New York design experts to NYIT to inspire our students and create a connection between the academic environment and the design world at large. Discussions included "Designers Without Borders," "Design Cocktail," "Designing a Better World," "From Analogue to Digital," "Type Rules," and "In Brands We Trust."
In addition, I've initiated a new cross-Atlantic collaboration between NYIT and France's École de Communication Visuelle (ECV). The partnership agreement is about to be signed and we are expecting the first ECV students to attend NYIT in fall 2013. Hopefully this will lead to a successful, long-term relationship between the two colleges and more partnerships like it.
Last year I took a course on font design using Fontographer, a software application used to create digital fonts. Designing my own font (Rozina Sans) was an amazing, challenging experience. I came away with a deeper appreciation of the effort, complexity, and nuance that go into the technical and aesthetic elements of typeface design. I used Rozina Sans for the header of NYIT's SOURCE 10th anniversary poster.
I've received two internal grants from NYIT: a Teaching and Learning with Technology (TLT) grant and an Institutional Support for Research and Creativity (ISRC) grant. The first grant enabled me to develop and maintain a Fine Arts Blog as a resource and inspiration for NYIT students. The ISRC grant funded the manuscript, "Graphic Design Undercover," a research project exploring vast, dimly-lit, often ignored manifestations of graphic design, with particular emphasis on information graphics. I presented my research at conferences in Germany, Greece, Italy, and California.
Working to ensure that the NYIT-ECV collaboration becomes a success, continuing to create and submit my art to national and international design competitions, and giving information design workshops abroad. I'd also like to write and illustrate a children's book.
My B.A. was in early childhood education and I worked as a kindergarten teacher in Greece for seven years. I studied law for three years before moving to the United States to follow my true passion for art and design. Teaching older "kids" has been both more challenging and rewarding.
Travel, interior design, yoga, and zumba. Most importantly, I'm a dedicated soccer mom!
I visit Greece every year since all my family lives there and it's always a great tonic for me. Last summer, I took a detour to spend a week with family on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, a gorgeous region designated as a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization. Every day was an opportunity to see yet another picturesque village along the sea or in the mountains, try local delicacies, and practice my halting Italian.
It comes from leafing through design magazines, viewing my favorite design blogs, and simply observing the world around me.
I originally came to the United States with the intention of getting my M.Sc. in communications/ digital design at Pratt Institute and then returning to Greece. Yet, as happens to many people who come to New York City on a "temporary" basis, it's been 14 years and I'm still here. New York City is in many ways like Athens in that it is large, bustling, and chaotic. But it has a unique vibe stemming from its multiculturalism and due to the many people who come here expressly to achieve great things. As one of the world's design capitals, it offers stimulation to anyone in the creative fields.
My adjustment to life in New York City has been challenging and difficult at times but always exciting and fun. Though I miss my family and homeland, I'm fortunate to be able to return home to Greece every summer and enjoy the nightlife in Athens, the beautiful Mediterranean Sea and islands, and the colorful, traditional festivals in my village. I'm lucky to have the best of both worlds.
AWARD-WINNING WORK SAMPLES
"In Brands We Trust," winner of a 2013 Graphic Design USA In-house Design Award.
"Possibilities," 2006 HOW Design Conference commemorative poster.
"A Tale of Two Cities," poster featured at NYIT Gallery 61, April 2008.