Clinton Carlson

Robert P. Sedlack, Jr. Associate Professor, Design
210B West Lake Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
+1 574-631-5274



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Robert P. Sedlack, Jr. Associate Professor, Design
Area Head of Visual Communication Design; Affiliate Faculty, Lucy Family Institute for Data and Society

Area: Design


M.DES., University of Alberta, Canada
BFA, University of Nebraska, Kearney

Research Interests

Community Activated Design, Social Innovation, Health and Wellbeing, Participatory Design, Public-Interest Design, Brand Identity, Interaction Design


Clinton Carlson is a designer, educator, and researcher that explores the use of community-activated design methods at two scales: at the micro-community scale his work explores how design can better serve in the communication of and advocacy for improved health and wellbeing; at the macro-community scale his work looks at how communities can take an active role in defining and designing future large-scale public systems.

As a researcher, Clinton has worked on projects that address underserved public interest issues such as: social safety nets, restorative justice, food recalls, student loans, teacher development, Dengue fever, suicide, substance abuse, and sexually transmitted diseases. His work on these topics has been disseminated internationally through presentations, journal articles, and book chapters.

As an educator, Clinton has taught courses in graphic design, interaction design (UI/UX), and design research. Currently his teaching includes interaction design, typography, brand identity, and digital media design. His students’ have been recognized by Communication Arts, Adobe Achievement Awards, CMYK Magazine, and The National Student Show and other competitions.

As a designer, Clinton’s work has included for-profit and nonprofit organizations such as AT&T, Airtel, Toyota Racing, Intel, McGraw-Hill, World Vision, CARE, Compassion International, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and The Colorado Meth Project. His design work has been exhibited and published internationally including inclusion in the AIGA National Design Archives.

Representative Creative Works