Nancy Bernardo

Nancy Bernardo received her BA (English) from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN and her MFA (Visual Communications) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her design work explores the boundaries between old and new technologies and is an interesting and often whimsical blend of analog and digital techniques. Her research activities concentrate on areas of print that relate to book design, image-making, book making, time-based projects and graphic design history.

Bernardo’s interest in the poetics and beauty of words has been life-long. As an English major, she learned not only to read words on the page, but also to closely examine patterns, juxtapositions, and connotations in texts. In graphic design, she applies these same skills. She views her job as presenting content with visual interest and textual clarity in order to develop deeper and more nuanced concepts in the text. Through image-making, she uses the interplay of image and type to underscore the complexities of the book or article at hand. These techniques frequently reference styles from Victorian and Mid-Century advertising.

Bernardo is an award-winning designer whose design work has been recognized by Society of Typographic Arts, PRINT Magazine, HOW Magazine, Design Observer, AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists), Designers and Books, Creative Quarterly, and AIGA Western New York. She has been teaching college-level Graphic Design for 12 years and is currently the Program Chair and Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Rochester Institute of Technology.