February 16, 2012
Richmond Center for Visual Arts, room 2008
Mark Sanders is a designer and educator with a B.S. in Architectural Design from Clemson University and an M.F.A. in Visual Communications from Virginia Commonwealth University. He has taught identity, systems and publication design at Rutgers University in Newark, experimental typography at Parsons School of Design as well as typography, design and technology in the M.S. and M.F.A. Graduate Communications Design programs at Pratt. Currently he is a full time faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art in the Graphic Design department. Mark also co-founded the multi-disciplinary design studio Q Collective in 2002 where he designs and produces interactive projects, identities, literature systems, promotional items and exhibitions for a diverse group of clients. His interactive design work has been honored by AIGA as well as the IAWMD and has received an American Graphic Design award for identity. His work has also been published by the New York Times, HOW Magazine and in books on typography, identity, interactive and systems design.
Sandra Maxa is a designer and educator from Minneapolis, where she worked for many years on branding and systems design projects for large corporate clients before moving to New York. She is currently a partner at the multi-disciplinary studio Q Collective where creating work for clients like the AIA Center for Architecture and New Dramatists reflects her deep interest in identity, interactivity and visual culture. She holds a bachelor's degree in Art-Graphic Design from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
In 2011, Maxa joined Maryland Institute College of Art as director of the post-baccalaureate program in graphic design. She has also taught a variety of studio and seminar classes in the graduate communication design department at Pratt Institute where she continues to advise M.F.A. candidates. In previous positions at Parsons The New School for Design and Rutgers University she taught classes covering typography, books, publication design and design process.
Q Collective is an award-winning visual communication and branding studio based in New York and Baltimore. Continuing their distinguished careers in design, partners Sandra Maxa and Mark Sanders formed Q Collective as an independent studio that celebrates the joy of discovery, places emphasis on articulate and powerful communication as well as encourages collaboration, flexibility and uncompromising craft. They work with a diverse group of clients who are pioneers in their industries seeking wider audiences, business growth and broader, more compelling recognition while demanding an insightful and responsive design partner.