Vladimir Zimakov, MADiane Heath Beever ’49 Associate Professor of Art; Director of the Wedeman Gallery
Office: Yamawaki Art and Cultural Center
Department: Art & Graphic Design
Degrees: MA Communication Design, 2005, Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, London, England; BFA Illustration. 2000, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
After completing his Master's Degree studies in Communication Design from Central St. Martin's College of Art and Design in London, Professor Zimakov has been working as a professional designer and illustrator. He has illustrated books and designed book covers for the world's leading publishing houses such as Penguin, Random House, Faber and Faber, the Folio Society, and Vita Nova. As a designer, Professor Zimakov has also had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, including publication and package design, website development, branding, corporate identity and exhibition curating, among others.
The combination of hands-on approach and digital media in his design and typography practices reflects Professor Zimakov's passion as an artist and printmaker. In his artwork, he enjoys using traditional techniques of letterpress, linocut, drawing and painting, which he often drafts and enhances using the latest design software. Professor Zimakov's design, illustration and fine art work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in America, Russia and other parts of the world. He is actively involved in the book art and design community and regularly participate in artist book and printmaking events in the US and abroad.
How does your professional background influence your time in the classroom with students?
"As practicing design professional, I consistently share my own experience with the students. After completing a freelance project, I present my work to the students and talk about the specific challenges and approaches. Besides the creative process, I frequently talk about the practical information like how to approach and work with art directors, network with design professionals and manage their art projects. Since the trends in design change constantly I make sure to stay on top of the latest developments by attending major AIGA design events, conferences, fairs and talks, frequently traveling to other cities to attend them. After each event I make sure to convey new discoveries to my students if they were not able to attend the event themselves."