Our Story


We’re Rebecca Tegtmeyer and Marty Maxwell Lane, we are design educators who value collaboration, whether it’s in the classroom or in our research practice. We met in graduate school at NC State and have been collaborating as we’ve moved along the tenure tracks. We’ve found that our various collaborations have benefited us over the years, but know it doesn’t always come easy.

Public Talks & Discussion
“Collaborative Speed Dating.“ Workshop, AIGA Design Educators Conference, Frontier. Bozeman, Montana, Oct 7–9, 2016.

“Design practitioners and educators can find value in a collaborative practice.” Roundtable Workshop, AIGA Design Educators Conference, Nuts + Bolts. Bowling Green, Ohio, Jun 15–16, 2016. 

“COLLAB: DESIGN ED, Collaborations in Design Education.” Presentation, The Group for Learning in Art and Design (GLAD) 2016 Conference, Creative Pedagogies across Disciplines, Birmingham, United Kingdom. Feb 26, 2016.

“Exploring New Modes of Low Stakes Collaboration for Faculty and Students.“ Presentation, Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD) Design Educators Conference. Toronto, Ontario, Nov 8, 2014. 

Marty Maxwell Lane is a graphic design educator, maker, researcher and writer. Her research is currently focused on design pedagogy, collaboration, and speculative interactive spaces that facilitate learning. Her active role in the design community has led her to present at competitive conferences in Cyprus, Berlin, London, Rome, Toronto and the United States. Marty served as a regular writing contributor to the design magazine Parse (subsidiary of  How magazine). Her work has been published in books such as Failing Forward and Type Rules! The Designer’s Guide to Professional Typography, as well as in academic journals and magazines. As a long time AIGA member, Marty has served on numerous boards, including the Director of Education for the Kansas City chapter and currently serves on the national AIGA Design Educators Steering Committee.

Prior to joining the University of Arkansas in the Fall of 2014, Marty taught at The Kansas City Art Institute (2010–2014) and Kent State University (2009–2010). Marty received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (honors) from the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University’s College of Design. Before returning to school to obtain her Masters degree, Marty worked professionally as a designer in Chicago, where her work was recognized by AIGA, The Type Director’s Club and Print’s Regional Design Annual. As a mother of two young kids, Marty aims to be a mentor and supporter for other new moms navigating the world of tenure. You can see more of her work at speculateandmake.com

Rebecca Tegtmeyer is a graphic design educator and practitioner. Through her active research, writing, making, and teaching agenda she investigates the role of a designer and the design process through a variety of forms—from static to dynamic, time-based to print. Working both individually and collaboratively she approaches design as catalyst in facilitating systems that preserve, protect, and provide—further extending the capabilities and responsibilities of a designer in today’s complex world.

Currently, Rebecca is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. Prior to entering academics, she worked at Willoughby Design, a boutique design studio, followed by Kuhn & Wittenborn, an integrated marketing agency, before working at Hallmark Cards Inc. for seven years. At Hallmark she had various roles that primarily involved managing product development and designers in merchandising, marketing, and in-house communications.

At Michigan State University she teaches undergraduates and graduates in the areas of interaction design, motion design, typography, user experience and branding design—contributing to both the Graphic Design curriculum and the new Experience Architecture (XA) degree program. She is the Director of Visual Interaction Design at MATRIX, MSU’s Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences. In this role she creates dynamic interactive environments for searching large data collections. Projects include the Vietnam Archive, Slave Biographies, Foodborne Illness Tracker, and a Language Preservation Project for Cherokee and Ojibwa—all of these are at various levels in the grant funding process.

Rebecca has presented at several international and national conferences organized by the highest-ranking organizations in the design field such as: AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts)UCDA (University and College Designers Association)Cumulus (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media), andDRS (Design Research Society). Most recently Rebecca participated in DesignInquiry, a non-profit educational organization devoted to researching design issues in intensive team-based gatherings. This experience lead to aDesignInquiry Design Cities: Detroit residency at MOCAD (The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit) as part of MOCAD’s Department of Education and Public Engagement’s Program. Currently, she is the Conference Experience, Coordination and Archival Chair for the MODE (Motion Design Education) 2015 Summit to be held in Dublin in June 2015.

Rebecca holds a BFA in Visual Communication from the University of Kansas and a Master of Graphic Design (MGD) from NC State University College of Design.