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Wayne Williams

Faculty, Design Studies

MA (Alberta); B.Des (Alberta)

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


Wayne Williams has been practicing design for over 25 years. He is an assistant professor in and former chair of the Design Studies program at MacEwan University where he has taught a wide variety of visual communication courses for the past 17 years. His current teaching responsibilities include the history of design and material culture, corporate ID and branding, design issues, theory and research methods.

Available to supervise honours or individual study students.

History of design, material culture, data visualization, design pedagogy, typography, corporate ID and branding, curriculum visualization

Teaching and Research Interests

Wayne William's research interests include the discourse and pedagogy of design and material culture in public spaces and media, user experience design, data visualization and cognition, design thinking and design pedagogy.

He enjoys teaching studio courses and engaging students in creative problem solving; working with real world clients whenever possible challenges his students and prepares them for success as professional designers.

No matter what course he teaches he aims to instill in students the belief that design can be a positive agent of change in the world. In the classroom and through external projects, public lectures and presentations, he shares his passion for and excitement about design to encourage and inspire young people to pursue a career in design.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Williams, W., & Rieger, J. (2015). A design history of design: Complexity, criticality, and cultural competence. Revue D'art Canadienne / Canadian Art Review, 40(2), 15-21.

Williams, W. (2010). Challenging the curriculum: Exploring discipline boundaries in art, design and media. Paper presented at 5th annual Centre for Learning & Teaching in Art & Design: Enhancing Curricula Conference), Berlin, Germany.

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Gold Key Honour Society 
  • Design History Society
  • Society of Typographic Aficionados
  • Universities Art Association of Canada