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Laura Chessin is an associate professor of Graphic Design. Prior to her position at VCUarts, she maintained her own studio in Amherst, Mass. focused on publication and print media design based with such clients as Smith College, Williams College, the Clark Art Institute, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Lego Corporation. As a consultant in Boston, she apprenticed with designers at WGBH and Cambridge Seven Associates. She has published articles on typography, lettering arts, and design thinking and presents at several conferences annually both in the US and abroad. Chessin earned her MFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design, and her BFA in photography from Cornell University.