Jason Dilworth is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at the State University of New York at Fredonia. His work and research focus on the practical application of ecoliterate design in rural economies.

Designers & Forests

In 2014 I co-founded the group designers and forests to connect practioneers with local forest issues caused by globalization and climate change. For the first workshop, we set out to explore the complex issues of land use and climate change in the American Intermountain West specifically looking into beetle kill and aspen die-off. Working with local experts and foresters, we brought a team of international design students to participate in a two-week field trip and then 6 months after workign with our undergraduate students to create solutions addressing a collective brief.

Since 2014 we have continued working. Running projects in western New York, Pittsburgh, East Iceland, and the Netherlands. From experience, we have developed a working model to facility community engagement with ecological and environmental efforts. As always, we are open to future collaborations and available for consultations and workshops.

Rewilding Graphic Design Education

Rewilding an Undergraduate Design Education: Our students face a daunting reality upon graduation; the effects of anthropogenic climate breakdown, an industry unmoored and driven by unsustainable growth, incredible amounts of financial debt. What skills are we teaching them that will help them repair these broken landscapes? What learning objectives are needed for a new curriculum? For the next few months, I will be focusing my research efforts specifically on these topics. sharing resources, projects, and ideas.

Bibliography for SECAC Presentation

Thackara.com. Retrieved February 2020, from http://thackara.com/notopic/what-should-a-bauhaus-foundation-course-be-like-today/

Boehnert, Joanna. Design Ecology Politics: Toward the Ecocene. Bloomsbury, 2018

Hardy, Jean. How the Design of Social Technology Fails Rural America. DIS '19 Companion, June 23-28, San Diego, CA, USA, 2019

Helfand, Jessica. Design The Invention of Desire. Yale University Press, 2016

Crow, David. Visible Signs: An Introduction to Semiotics in the Visual Arts. AVA, 2003

Herzog, Werner. Grizzly Man. Lions Gate Home Entertainment, 2005

Morpurgo, Horatio.The Paradoxal Compass: Drakes Dilemma. Notting Hill Editions, 2017

Wakefield, Stephanie. Anthropocene Back Loop: Experimentation in Unsafe Operating Space. Open Humanities Press, 2020

Pais, Ana Paula and Carolyn F. Strauss editors. Slow Reader: A Resource for Design Thinking and Practice. Valiz, 2016

Carson, Rachel, and Lois Darling, Silent Spring. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1962

The American Experience. Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service PBS, 2007

Berry, Wendell. The Unsettling of America: Culture and Agriculture. Counterpoint, 1977

Rebanks, James. English Pastoral: An Inheritance. Allen Lane, 2020

A Rewilding Playlist

On Margins / Selvage / Waste

Tyler Childers. Long Violent History, Hickman Holler Records, 2020

Viagra boys. Street Worms, 2018

On Cyclical / Deep time / Slowness

Sleep. Dopesmoker, Southern Lord Records, 2003

On Humility / Kindness / Listening

The Flaming Lips. "There You Are " In a Priest Driven Ambulance, Rykodisc, 1990

On Patience / Cooperation / Space

Baka Pygmies. "Song for Gathering Mushrooms." Cameroon: UNESCO collection, 2015

On Redundancy / Repetition

Steve Reich. "Come Out." Phases, Nonesuch, 2006

Canadaway Creek Press

In 2015 I began working with local artist and colleague Alberto Rey. Through a shared interest in environmental and visual storytelling, we began publishing research through a small press whose namesake is taken from a small tributary of Lake Erie.

A note on this design.

As a confession, this site is a continual work in progress. I have had the address for well over 15 years but recently, I have become concerned about the environmental cost of personal sites. And thanks to a 2020 hack of the old CMS I decided To scale down my digital footprint and replace them with simple html & css files.


Jason Dilworth can be reached via email or mail. Contact information available here.