Assistant Professor, Graphic Design
MFA Rhode Island School of Design
Born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Camila Afanador-Llach holds a 5-year degree in Industrial Design from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Before her academic career, she worked as an in-house web and editorial designer in Bogotá and for a branding and design firm in Boston, MA. At FAU she is the graphic design graduate coordinator and teaches courses on typography, animation, interaction design, information design, and visual identity systems.
In her recent work, she imagines futures for the discipline of graphic design by mapping relationships between design practice and humanistic inquiry. Her project “The Arquin Slide Collection Digitization Project: Preserving the Heritage of Latin America” in collaboration with Dr. Emily Fenichel, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (2020). Afanador-Llach also presents and publishes research related to design pedagogy. Her book chapter “Motion in Graphic Design: Interdisciplinary References for Teaching” was included in the book Theory and Practice of Motion Design: Critical Perspectives and Professional Practice. She has presented at conferences including the Mid-America College Art Association Conference (2016), the International Congress of Design Education (Argentina, 2019), and the Digitally Engaged Conference: Teaching Futures (2019).