Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Kelly Murdoch-Kitt strives to create sensitive, effective, and socially responsible concepts and solutions through her design sensibility, interest in research, and linguistic facility. She completed her Master of Graphic Design degree at North Carolina State University's College of Design in 2009. Her thesis research explores theories of situated learning and experiential elements of virtual communities, and their impact on public-interest issues.
Kelly balances her love of researching and designing for digital environments with an equal passion for communication in the physical realm: her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University is in fine art and theatre. She recently relocated to Rochester from California’s Bay Area, where she led user experience strategy and design research projects at San Francisco-based gotomedia.
She also applied her years of professional design experience to creating and teaching a variety of courses in the Graphic Design Programs at University of San Francisco and California College of the Arts. Her interest in design pedagogy has led to recent research collaborations exploring the socio-cultural benefits of technologically mediated cross-cultural design education, and the advantages of teaching visual literacy concepts to students outside of Design disciplines.
In her spare time, Kelly gardens, writes, cooks, draws, travels, goes on adventures with her husband, shoots photos (of their adventures—and their two cats) and teaches yoga.