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Rodney Allen Trice

Professor of Practice in Graphic Design
Portrait of Rodney Allen Trice
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Rodney Allen Trice is a 1987 alumnus of the graphic design program at Penn State who returned to his alma mater as a faculty member in August 2018.

Trice spent the previous 30 years working primarily in the magazine publishing industry in New York where he art directed and contributed on a number of mainstream publications, including Allure, Cosmopolitan, Essence, InStyle, Glamour, People, Seventeen, Teen Beat, US Weekly, and Vibe.

More recently, he expanded his media experience by producing TV pitches and developing video and film concepts. Trice also created the visual identity for HIVE, a luxury-brand concept launch for one of the most successful and popular female entertainers in the world.

Trice has been the recipient of numerous industry awards, including Society of Publication Designers Merit Awards, Content Council Pearl Awards, and Content Marketing Institute Magnum Opus Awards. He honored by being named to Time magazine’s The Green Design 100 list.

He says that teaching design students at Baruch College, Parsons School of Design, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and within his own studio concept courses has brought him invaluable opportunities for understanding the symbiotic relationship that he believes is essential for teaching visual communication.

“This generation has changed what visual communications is through the various platforms they relentlessly use today,” says Trice. “It’s amazing to bring my knowledge to the table along with their engagement and watch the sparks fly.”

Currently, Trice is particularly inspired by the evolution of media into delivering more personalized, experience-driven content and has thus begun exploring the realms of virtual and augmented reality.