Liz Throop received her Masters of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University in 1996 and her BFA in Graphic Design from Georgia State in 1985. She joined the School of Art and Design faculty in 1998.
Throop’s current research interests involve graphic design history and interactive digital design. She is currently creating a map of Georgia authors for Georgia Center for the Book. Her professional work has included design for print graphics, products, packages, and architectural signage. Her work for the Heery International Companies included work for Herman Miller, The Coca-Cola Company, Palm Beach International Airport, and the University of Alabama. From 1998 to 1990 she created a variety of packaging and product graphics for The Design Group (Atlanta) for clients including MacGregor Golf Equipment, Snapper Lawn mower and Inland Container. She has worked on a variety of freelance projects for clients ranging from Macy’s and Aperture Foundation to The Atlanta School, Måddux Deluxe, and Project Open Hand/Atlanta. In 1989 she conceived, wrote and illustrated The House Book: A Record of Our Home, published by Hugh Lauter Levin Associates. She has created experimental pieces exploring interactive digital design, including, “Undecided?” in which participants pose questions and possible answers to a computer, clarifying their personal goals and also exploring issues of control and determination; and “Property is Theft,” an interactive piece that allows viewers to explore intellectual property issues by moving intuitively through charged images, thereby honing their own concept of fair use.
Throop’s teaching philosophy is grounded in a commitment to stimulating students’ deep motivation toward their work. She believes that helping them bring enthusiasm and commitment to solving whole design problems can aid the design process from concept to resolution. She recognizes the need for constant reevaluation of pedagogical and professional goals in Graphic Design, and the need to prepare students for this continued evolution.