Rachele Riley is a graphic designer and educator passionate about typography, code, imaging, motion, and language. She is dedicated to poetic, empathetic, experiential, and research-based approaches to working with data, media, and visual communication. Her multi-faceted work explores representations of conflict and the relationships between history, change, and environment, and is deeply engaged with the material systems of archives. She is interested in creating generative context-driven works that visually and conceptually inspire thought, feeling, and action.

Rachele has shared her research—presented, published, and exhibited—in national and international settings, recently, at 1708’s Gallery InLight21 in Richmond, VA (2021); at Pratt Manhattan Gallery in New York (2019); the Cucalorus Film Festival in Wilmington, NC (2018); the Baltic Centre in Gateshead, UK (2013); and at SIGGRAPH in Vancouver, Canada (2014), among other venues. Her project, The Evolution of Silence (launched in 2013), which explores the impact of forty-one years of post-WWII nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site, was named an Official Honoree in NetArt by The Webby Awards (2014) and also recognized by AIGA Philadelphia Design Awards (2017). Her design work has been recognized by  Communication Arts Magazine (Typography Annual) (2018), Print Magazine’s Design Regional (2008), and is featured in the book, Motion Design (Woolman, 2004). She has collaborated with Daniel McCafferty and Joshua Singer on Different Data (a project that explores design systems relating to cities, dynamics, and resources) and with participants of DesignInquiry (DI) from 2011–2016.

Rachele holds a MFA in Design/Visual Communication from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), a Vordiplom in Communication Design from the Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle in Germany, and a  BS in Studio Art from New York University (NYU). She is currently Assistant Professor of New Media and Design at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


Curriculum vitae:

Rachele Riley ——> rachele at rachele riley dot com
b. 1972, Washington, D.C.


2005 — MFA, Design/Visual Communication, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
2001 — Vordiplom, Communication Design, Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule, Halle, Germany
1994 — BS, Studio Art, New York University, New York, NY
1990 — HS Diploma, Washington International School, Washington, D.C.


2017–present—University of North Carolina Greensboro, Assistant Professor of New Media and Design, Greensboro, NC
2014–2017—University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Champaign, IL
2009–2014—The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Philadephia, PA
2007–2009—University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design, Charlotte, NC
2005–2007—Virginia Commonwealth University, Administrative Director & Assistant Professor of Kinetic Imaging, Richmond, VA

research + development

2022 — Generative Typography (workshop with Lynne Yun & Kevin Yeh), Type at Cooper, Cooper Union
2021 — Pattern and Animation with Python & Drawbot (workshop with Maurice Meilleur), Typographics Festival
2021 — Animating with Risographs (workshop with Kelli Anderson)
2021 — Artist-centred Platforms (workshop with Craig Fahner)
2021 — Python for Visual Designers (workshop with David Jonathan Ross), Type at Cooper
2021 — Creative Writing with Computation (workshop with Allison Parrish), Anderson Ranch Arts Center
2021 — Coding for Artists P5.js (workshop with Ari Melenciano), Anderson Ranch Arts Center
2019 — Blow-Up: Exploration and Discovery (workshop with Casey Reas), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2018 — Animating Video with Code: Generative Cinema (workshop with Casey Reas), Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO
2016 — Text as Image, Type as Thought (workshop with Marianne Dages), Penland School of Crafts, Penland, NC



2021 — InLight 2021, 1708 Gallery, Richmond, VA
2021 — Marking Time, Horace Williams House (with Susan Finer), Chapel Hill, NC
2019 — Acid Rain, Attic 506, Chapel Hill, NC
2019 — DesignInquiry: Futurespective, Institute of Contemporary Art, MECA, Portland, ME
2019 — Another Potato Chip Weekend, Gallery Oneoneone Annex, Carrboro, NC
2019 — Ambiguous Territory [traveling], Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca, NY
2019 — Black Hole/Atomic City, Sanitary Tortilla Factory, Albuquerque, NM
2019 — Ambiguous Territory [traveling], Pratt Manhattan Gallery, NY
2018 — Digital Disobedience, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
2018 — Cucalorus Film Festival, Wilmington, NC
2018 — Ambiguous Territory [traveling], University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
2017 — Ambiguous Territory: Architecture, Landscape, and the Postnatural, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
2016 — AIGA Philadelphia Design Awards Exhibition, Philadelphia, PA
2016 — Data Materialities, SIGGRAPH 2016 Art Gallery, Anaheim, CA
2016 — Artifact and Process, Weeks Gallery, Jamestown, NY
2015 — Different Data Detroit+Stockholm, NORDES 2015, Stockholm, Sweden (with Joshua Singer and Daniel McCafferty)
2014 — Different Data Detroit, Depe Space/MOCAD, Detroit, MI (with Joshua Singer, Daniel McCafferty, and Patricio Davila)
2014 — Acting in Translation, SIGGRAPH 2014 Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (curated by Basak Senova)
2013 — Praxis and Poetics, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art,  Gateshead, UK
2010 — Art in the AirPECO Crown Lights, Philadelphia, PA
2009 — Art in Academia, Space 301, Mobile, AL
2008 — Media X,1708 Gallery,  Richmond, VA
2008 — Overload Virtual Art Collection, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, Athens, GA
2008 — Paperwork In, On, and Of Paper IV, Foundry Art Centre, St. Charles, MO
2007 — Gallery 400, Pathogeographies: Or Other People’s Baggage, Chicago, IL
2007 — Titles: An Exhibition of Artists’ Book Works, Balfour Books, Toronto, Canada
2007 — The Drawing Room, Fine Arts Gallery VCU, Richmond, VA
2006 — Dispersal Tactics: Drawing Invitational, Artspace Gallery, Richmond, VA
2006 — Antithesis: Experimental Media Series, WPA / Corcoran, Washington, D.C.
2006 — The One Minutes Festival, Salto A1 Television, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2006 — A Wander Beyond, Backloft at La Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland
2005 — MFA Thesis Exhibition: Visualizing the Art of War, Anderson Gallery, VCU, Richmond, VA
2005 — The Last Diversion, Flat International, Richmond, VA
2005 — 6th American Print Biennial, University of Richmond Museum, Richmond, VA


2022 — Ambiguous Territory exhibition catalog, Actar Publishers
2019 — AIGA Frontier conference proceedings (with Joshua Singer)
2018 — Displacements journal. Reality/Fiction, Vol.2, pg 50–54, GIPC Cultural Landscape Research Group, Madrid, Spain
2016 — Design Cities: Berlin, DesignInquiry publisher
2015 — Reflections on Research through Design, Studies in Material Thinking: Visual/Textual, Vol 13, Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
2015 — Cumulus: The Virtuous Circle, conference proceedings (with Joshua Singer)
2014 — Leonardo, Journal of Arts, Sciences and Technology, SIGGRAPH 2014, Volume 47, Number 4
2013 — Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design, conference proceedings
2013 — Make/Do, DesignInquiry publisher
2009 — White Space in Design, Sandra Wheeler, Angela Patchell Books
2008 — 100’s Visual logos & Letterheads, Matt Woolman, Angela Patchell Books, p.26
2008 — Print Magazine Regional Design Annual 2008
2007 — Sic of Tyranny, Daily Constitutional (Delusions of Grandeur), Issue 5
2004 — Motion Design, Matt Woolman, Rotovision, p.88–89

lectures + presentations

2021 — 1708 Gallery, virtual
2020 — Southeastern College Art Conference, virtual
2016 — AIGA Design Educators Conference, Frontier, Bozeman, MT
2016 — VCU, Department of Graphic Design, Richmond, VA (with Joshua Singer and Daniel McCafferty)
2016 — SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY
2016 — Weeks Gallery, Gallery talk ‘Artifact and Process,’ Jamestown, NY
2016 — College Art Association Conference, Design Colloquium, Washington, D.C.
2015 — Mapping Ephemeralities, Art & Cartography, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2015 — DesignInquiry NO QUO, Vinalhaven, ME
2015 — EuDesignRadio, Live interview at Cumulus, Milan, Italy (with Joshua Singer)
2015 — Cumulus: The Virtuous Circle, Milan, Italy (with Joshua Singer)
2014 — GIS Day—Discovering the World through GIS, Champaign, IL
2014 — Re: the City, Humanities Center Symposium, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI
2014 — Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
2014 — SIGGRAPH 2014 Art Gallery Talks, Vancouver, Canada
2013 — New Paradigms in Teaching and Learning, AICAD Symposium, Baltimore, MD
2013 — Moore College of Art and Design, Philadelphia, PA
2013 — Praxis and Poetics: Research Through Design, Baltic Center for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK
2013 — DesignInquiry Station, Vinalhaven, ME
2012 — Remaking Research, AICAD Symposium, Vancouver, Canada
2012 — DesignInquiry/Design City: Berlin, Berlin, Germany
2012 — Texas State University San Marcos, San Marcos, TX
2011 — DesignInquiry: Make/Do, Vinalhaven, ME / 2011
2010 — College Art Association Conference, Chicago, IL / 2010
2009 — College Art Association Conference | ARTspace, Los Angeles, CA / 2009
2008 — Southeastern College Art Conference, New Orleans, LA (with Stephanie Hutin) / 2008
2007 — Southeastern College Art Conference, Charleston, WV / 2007
2006 — Southeastern College Art Conference, Nashville, TN / 2006


2018 — Award of Excellence, Typography, Communication Arts
2017 — AIGA Philadelphia Design Award, Philadelphia, PA
2014 — Official Honoree in NetArt, The Webby Awards
2008 — Print Magazine Design Regional Issue
2005 — Outstanding MFA Student in Design Award
2005 — Travel Award to Doha, Qatar, VCU


2022 — Dean’s Creative Research Award, University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG)|
2021 — Dean’s Creative Research Award, UNCG
2021 — Faculty Research Leave, UNCG
2020— Dean’s Creative Research Award, UNCG
2020 —
Faculty Research Grant, UNCG
2019 — Faculty First Research Grant, UNCG
2019 — Dean’s Creative Research Award, UNCG
2018 — Dean’s Creative Research Award, UNCG
2017 — Dean’s Creative Research Award, UNCG
2016 — Work Study Scholarship, Penland School of Craft
2015 — Creative Research Award, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
2014 — Faculty Academic Development Fund, The University of the Arts
2012 — Faculty Research Semester Course Release, UArts
2011 — Faculty Enrichment Grant, UArts
2013 — Hatchfund Open Match Fund
2012 — The DigitalGlobe Foundation Imagery Grant
2008 — Center for Humanities, Technology and Science, University of North Carolina Charlotte
2008 — Faculty Research Grant, UNCC / 2008
2007 — College of Arts and Sciences Small Grant, UNCC / 2007
2004 — Travel Grant to Berlin, Germany, VCU / 2004


2015 — DesignInquiry NoQuo, Vinalhaven, ME
2014 — DEPE Space—DesignInquiry, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
2014 — DesignInquiry DesignCity, Detroit, MI
2013 — DesignInquiry Station, Vinalhaven, ME
2012 — DesignInquiry DesignCity, Berlin, Germany
2011 — DesignInquiry Make/Do, Vinalhaven, ME
2007 — Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Amherst, VA
2006 — KHN Center for the Arts, Nebraska City, NE

design work experience
[design commissions]

2021 — Print design, LEA Studios, LLC
2020 — (multiple clients) Tungsten Branding
2020 — LEA logo, LEA Studios, LLC
2019 — Mauer Broadcast publication, Sheryl Oring
2019 — Thisness publication, Barbara Campbell Thomas
2017 — Holler, logo, Revolve/MAP
2015 — Kid Owned and Operated Play (KOOP), logotype and identity system
2011 — Art Director/Co-Coordinator Design exhibition, Active Territory, UArts
2011 — Design Does exhibition publication, UArts, College of Media Arts and Communication
2009 — Print design, UNCC College of Arts and Architecture
2009 — Ron Johnson, publication
2008 — Four Sounds record label, Stephen Vitiello
2007 — Ann Agee publication, VCU Department of Sculpture + Extended Media
2007 — MFA Thesis exhibition publication, VCU Graduate Artists Association
2006 — MFA Thesis exhibition publication, VCU Graduate Artists Association
2006 — Gerald Donato exhibition publication, Anderson Gallery VCU
2006 —
Print design ads, VCU Graduate Studies
2006 — Print design ads, VCU Department of Craft/Material Studies
2006 — Print design ads, Solvent Space Gallery, VCU Department of Painting and Printmaking
2006 — Posters, Print, Web site design (programming by Patrick Power), VCU Department of Kinetic Imaging
2003 — Print Design, National Public Radio
2002 — Graphic and wayfinding design, 2002 Folklife Festival: The Silk Road, Smithsonian Institution
2001 — Print design, Martin Luther University Department of Mineralogy (Halle, Germany)
2000 — Print design, Northern Virginia Graphics
1999 — Design Intern, Harpers Ferry Interpretive Design Center
1998 — Design Intern, Hallesche Advertising Agency (Halle, Germany)
1996–1997 — Designer, National Park Service
1994–1996 — Administrative Assistant/Designer, Thomas Balsley Associates


DesignInquiry, Member Board of Directors
DesignInquiry, Participant
AIGA, Member
New Media Caucus, Member
College Art Association, Member


Processing, p5.js, Python, Jupyter Notebook, Drawbot
HTML, CSS, Glitch, WordPress, Figma
Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AfterEffects, Premiere, Media Encoder, Acrobat)
Zoom, Slack, Microsoft Office, Keynote, Google Workspace


English (native)


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