DK (Deborah Katherine) Holland (born March 26, 1947, Metuchen, New Jersey) is an American graphic designer, writer and educator who, besides working on independent projects, spends much of her career writing, teaching about graphic design, Design thinking and ethics.
Holland was named Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Kansas in 1995 and taught in the masters program at Syracuse University and was Visiting Professor of Graphic Design at Pratt Institute in 1990 and 2011. She is currently teaches Ethics in the MFA Social Innovation program at the School of Visual Arts. She has written for Communication Arts Magazine since 1990 in a column she named Design Issues.
She was awarded a lifetime achievement from The Graphic Artists Guild for her work in professional practice. She helped create the National Graphic Artists Guild 1979-83 and developed its handbook Pricing and Ethical Guidelines. She is included in Richard Saul Wurman's book Who’s Really Who: The 1000 Most Creative Minds in America.
Holland lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, New York where she is a community activist and co-founder of the Greene Hill Food Co-op, a 100% working co-op. She co-founded and ran The Hill, the Journal of Fort Greene Clinton Hill and Wallabout which she published for 25 years and which is archived at the Brooklyn Historical Society. She is an active Quaker and a member of Brooklyn Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Her older sister Cecelia Holland is a historical novelist.
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