Archana Shekara is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Co-Director of Ethnic Studies Program, and Creative Director of Design Streak Studio, a research based social innovation lab focusing on human centered service design at Illinois State University. Shekara has twenty-five years of professional experience designing for diverse industry clients. She uses design as a tool to build cross-cultural understanding, humility, acceptance, and respect. As a cultural researcher, she has been investigating transnational identity by understanding racism through a brown lens and sharing awareness through ethnographic narratives. Shekara’s innovative teaching methodologies have been featured in peer reviewed national and international academic and professional publications, and conferences including Association Typographique Internationale (AtypI), Typography Day, Digitally Engaged Learning (DEL), MODE Summit, College Art Association (CAA), Society of Experiential Design (SEGD), Electronic Visualization and the Arts (EVA) London, AIGA Design Educators Conference, and UCDA Design Educators Summit. She has reviewed several graphic design tenure and promotion dossiers from various universities, and conducts community building workshops bases on diversity, equity, and inclusion. She has served as a graduate thesis advisor for Heron School of Art and Design at Indianapolis.
Shekara received an MFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BFA in Painting from the State University of New York in New Paltz. She joined the faculty at Illinois State as an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design in the fall of 2009.
Area(s) of Specialization:
Typography, Branding, Human/Equity Centered Service Design, Publication Design, Packaging Design, Experience Design and Motion Graphics
480.001Advanced Computer Topics In Arts Technology
340.001B.F.A. Senior Studio II
396.001Design Streak Studio
336.001Graphic Design IV
398.001Professional Practice: Internship In Design
351.002Special Projects: Graphic Design
Human Centered Service Design, Cultural Identity and Heritage, Cross-Cultural Awareness, Diversity and Multiculturalism, Service Learning, Social Justice
Cultural Heritage, Diversity and Multiculturalism in the Classroom, Intersectionality, Transnational Identity, Racial Equity, Social Justice, Community Engagement