Barbara tells stories, curates experiences, develops publications and nurtures strong creative teams. She received her master's degree in design from the NC State University College of Design, and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Penn State University, earning a degree in international politics.
She founded Design Story Works in the spring of 2014. Recent work includes rebranding and producing publications, short-form videos, and site design for an internationally respected North Carolina ceramic artist; upgrading corporate brand standards, collateral material, and signage for a global corporation with roots in Research Triangle Park; arts organization grant writing assistance; a book packaging project for a family genealogy and a number of contemporary arts exhibition; and designing a book about art museum exhibitions in the age of black power; and another book that collects essays about the visual arts in the black diaspora.
In 2013/2014, Barbara co-curated the Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed exhibition at the NC Museum of Art with guest curator Ken Gross. Roughly 90,000 visitors celebrated the art of the automobile in the midst of 22 rare Porsches gathered from museums and private collections in Asia, Europe and North America. Previously, she pulled together a team of creative professionals as director of the design offices at UNC-Chapel Hill. She founded the Dave Brumitt Foundation where—with the help of dozens of other volunteers—she planned six annual Frostbite Tour century bike rides through the hills and dales of the Carolina Piedmont. Early in her career, Pentagram sent her to Paris to meet the designers of Grapus, making it a particular honor to work with Pentagram partner Michael Bierut and his team on the NC Museum of Art's rebranding in 2010. Woven throughout were books and art catalogues.
Barbara arrived in Bergen County, New Jersey, from Montreal, Canada, in the back seat of a mid-60s burgundy Porsche 911. Growing up, she frequented the Paramus Public Library and the Paramus Park Mall.
Multimedia studio, co-instructor
NC State University College of Design
NC State University College of Design
Publication Design / Promotion Design
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of
Journalism and Mass Communication
Typography / Layout
American Association of Museums (annual report, art catalogues)
Telly Awards (video production, with ArtWork)
AIGA (branding initiative)
CASE Award of Excellence (newsletter design/writing)
Pentagram Prize (writing about design)
Visual Art Exchange (VAE Raleigh) board member, 2011–2015. Secretary, 2014-2015
NC State College of Design board member, 2005–2014
City of Raleigh Appearance Commission member, late '90s
Betty Adams was an artist, a teacher, and a tireless advocate for the arts in Raleigh. She was instrumental in founding the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) Raleigh, and served four terms on its board. How fitting that CAM Raleigh—a haven for contemporary art and design in downtown Raleigh, with a mission to reach out across generations and across the community to bring what's now and nearing to our city—has formed a society of supportive women in honor of Betty's legacy.
Here's an alternate reason to set your alarm for pre-dawn hours on "Black Friday" in Raleigh. All you need is a park permit, a good pair of hiking boots, and the desire to watch the sun rise as you walk along a burbling creek and clamber slopeside amidst beds of fallen leaves and old growth beeches.
Ben Owen III is from a long line of master potters from the Seagrove, North Carolina area. He is known world-wide for ceramic artistry that reflects both local traditions and the Japanese, Chinese, and Korean ceramic arts which influenced him and his grandfather before him. He takes the time to talk about lessons from his grandfather, Minecraft, clay cars, and mastering the art of his craft.
Doris Wiedemann is a world traveller, author, and photographer based in Munich, Germany. Her books recount her adventures and the people she‘s met along the way. She also writes travel guides, with the latest—on Germany‘s Romantic Road—available in 2015. Motorcycles are the primary means of transportation on her mostly solo journeys. A willowy woman with friendly eyes and a warm smile, my cousin Doris and I talked via Skype about designing her life.
Stockholm boosters brag that the city is 30% water and 30% open space, and a Google Earth view of the city confirms that the lucky 2 million people in Sweden’s capital city metro area really do live in a blue and green urban wonderland. What you might see and do during a free day or two in the "Venice of the North."
Rich Hendel is a revered book designer from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He literally wrote the book. I sat down with him one autumn day in his sun-dappled home studio, surrounded by books and CDs and an eager beagle named Bingo, to talk about his career.
A chance encounter with Robin Williams on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Or was it? Thanks for the magic, Mr. Williams.
Raleigh's Kim Church wrote this first novel about the book smart Addie Lockwood coming of age and maturing into her true, imperfect self in the American South.