Ann Dunham

Ann Dunham

What would you say is the defining moment in your life when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?
In third grade the teacher asked for the definition of a detail and I raised my hand and said it was the most important thing and she said, no, it was the least important thing. From that moment on, I knew I was destined to become a creative professional.
How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience to provide an industry veteran's sense of the realities / challenges / opportunities of the profession?
You have to be at the top of your game to be competitive, so let’s start now. Design is an iterative process, a journey whose destination we do not know. That is why we sketch and develop concepts, to surprise ourselves. It is not about entering a word into a search engine to find your answer.
Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?
My digital color theory class exemplifies my approach to teaching.
What role does collaboration contribute to students' success, especially when students from other programs contribute to the same project?
Collaboration is essential. It is so important to include perspectives outside of your own.
In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?
Dediction.