Designer + Artist Statement
Misty Thomas-Trout is an assistant professor in graphic design at the University of Dayton. She holds a BFA in visual communication design from the University of Dayton and an MFA in graphic design from Ohio University with future goals or thoughts of pursuing a
Misty’s community-based design praxis is informed by methods within the
Misty was influenced by the culture of her hometown—the village of Jewett, Ohio. This place has limitations of access to resources due to years of economic malaise which created a unique but impoverished community. The importance of collaboration and shared support can reveal the link between a place’s economic health and the quality of its social bonds. She researches how visual communication can strengthen local economies and positively impact community engagement through the visualizing of these relationships.