Michael McDevitt - Visiting Instructor
Michael McDevittVisiting Instructor
UG Communications Design
Steuben Hall 4
About me: After ten years of building and running a boutique creative agency, and a lifetime of wondering what the hell this life had to offer, I decided to start creating opportunities that gave me the flexibility of furthering previous business relationships while exploring and pursuing new avenues of creativity and connection that I had desired to pursue over the years.
Cofounder: Gooder Consulting, an independent business development company, I have had the opportunity to create a balanced collaboration between business professionals, creative professionals and life’s small details and pleasures. I run this business with my teaching partner Natasha Chetiyawardana.
Cofounder: Illegal Art, started in the summer of 2001, is a collaborative of artists whose goal is to create interactive public art to inspire self-reflection, thought and human connection. Each piece is then presented or distributed in a method in which participation is simple and encouraged. But our main goal is to have fun in an open and creative forum that includes the people and the world in which with live. Illegal Art has exhibited in Milan, London, Barcelona, San Francisco and New York. We have collaborated with CREATIVETIME, Deitch Projects and Colectivo De La Calle in Barcelona. We have also presented our work at the annual conference of the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation in San Francisco and the College Arts Association national conference. IA have been featured artists at Visual Dialogues, A Ford Foundation sponsored exhibition at Clark University, in Worcester, Massachusetts, and we have been asked to speak and present our work at numerous college campuses throughout the United States.
In 2005 “Suggestion Box”, a compilation of suggestions we collected throughout the five boroughs of New York, was published by Chronicle Books.
Cofounder: Ripple Project: WAR is a social-anthropological media network created to engage and connect the world to the genuine experiences of individuals, families and communities living in the aftermath of war. Founded on the art of storytelling, the Ripple Project: WAR’s innovative and comprehensive model builds content, meaning and value into a multi-channel library of image, voice and word by fostering symbiotic relationships between individual story tellers, aftermath organizations, academic institutions, media and entertainment leaders and the general public to create actionable opportunities and interpersonal knowledge and support for those who have lived beyond the headlines.