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Carole Charette

Assistant Professor, Design Studies

PhD (Concordia); MFA (Laval); B.Des (Laval)

11-422J, Allard Hall
11110-104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


Dr. Carole Charette is an assistant professor. Her research focuses on sub-arctic Aboriginal iconography, design thinking and creativity. She holds a PhD in Arts (Design) Education. Her research during her time at the Art Center College of Design (ACCD), California (2007) focused on Design-Based-Learning methods using the Backwards Thinking and design process.

Dr. Chartte holds an MFA (stylistic interpretations in typography) (Université Laval, 2004); a certificate in multimedia (Sheridan College, Ontario); a degree in graphic design (Université Laval, 1989); and a diploma in exhibition design (Collège du Vieux-Montréal). In 1991, she founded Trio communication-marketing, working for clients such as ING, RDI, UQAC, Canadian Wood Council and Desjardins. She was president of the Society of Graphic Designers of Quebec (SDGQ) from 1992–2002. She has helped to organize numerous conferences, and she commissioned multiple exhibitions about design and glass art, including Dutch, French, American and Canadian designers, and her own work. Charette was a board member of Montreal Design Institute (IDM) 1999 –2002 and Canadian Design Alliance, which enabled her to establish a lasting relationship between the GDC and SDGQ.

Dr. Charette became a GDC Fellow in 2002 and a SDGQ Honorary member in 2003. She has won numerous awards, scholarships and honours, including Loto Québec, Engramme, FCAR and FQRSC. As the first recipient of Loto-Québec Individual master degree award, her work became part of the Loto-Québec collection. She is a regular lecturer invited to present her work and research across Canada and internationally.

Available to supervise honours or individual study students.

Typography, style interpretation, Indigenous iconography, ethnographic research, design thinking

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Charette teaches design studio, publication design, design thinking and research, and portfolio. She also has a particular interest in typography.

Her research interests focus on Indigenous iconography. She is interested in developing a wide network of museum curators and researchers, conducting research activities within museum collections in Europe, presenting at conferences and publishing scholarly articles in this area. Dr. Charette works and experiments with design thinking to expand her DBL teaching approach.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

(2014) François Houdé, Mémoire vive, Métiers d’arts François Houdé, une inspiration, un modèle toujours vivant, Canadian Contemporary Glass Arts Society.

(2014) L’iconographie autochtone, vers un lexique visuel comme outil de transmission de la culture. Actes du colloque CREA, Concordia University, Montreal, 2012.

(2014) Design presence and challenges in Northeastern America: Research on First Nation (Innu-Naskapi) art and Iconography. Elsevier Ltd.

(2013) Living Memory. Cahiers métiers d’art: Craft Journal - Été 2013: Summer 2013.

(2011) Materia presents: series of 6 videos in support of the exhibition François Houdé —Mémoire vive Production Centre Materia — http://www.centremateria.com/programmation/archive.php?id=104


Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • MacEwan Research Grant - First Nations Iconography—A visual pedagogical guide (2016)
  • MacEwan FFAC Research Grant Dissemination, Indigenous Solstice Festival (2016)
  • MacEwan Research Grant First Nations Iconography—A visual pedagogical guide (2015)
  • MacEwan FFAC Research Grant Dissemination—Design Latitudes, University of Alberta (2015)
  • MacEwan Research Grant - First Nations Iconography—A visual pedagogical guide (2014)
  • MacEwan FFAC Research Grant Dissemination - 3rd World Conference on Art, Design & Education, Dubrovnik (2014)
  • UQAC, Fellowship (Communication in Amherst, USA (2013)
  • CELAT - UQAM - postdoctoral traveling grants for Communication (2013)
  • CELAT Postdoctoral Grant (2012–2013)
  • FRSCQ Postdoctoral Research and supplement for communication (2011–2012)
  • CELAT - UQAM - postdoctoral traveling grants (2012)
  • UQAC, Fellowship (Communication in Barcelona) (2012)
  • Conseil des Arts du Canada - Project Grants (Exhibition Curator) (2011)
  • Concordia Thesis Completion Fellowship (2009)
  • Concordia Millenium Award (2009)
  • Concordia Award Campaign (2 years 2008-2009)
  • Concordia Fellowship NAEA (2007–2008) - UQAC, Fellowship(2008)
  • Concordia Fellowship (3 years 2005–2008)
  • FRSCQ Doctoral Studies (1er Rang) (3 years 2005–2008)

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) fellow
  • Société des designers graphiques du Québec (SDGQ) fellow

Boards / Committees


  • Truth and Reconciliation Commission discussion group
  • Faculty of Fine Arts and Communication (FFAC) Curriculum Committee