Brian Slawson teaches graphic design classes at the upper-division and graduate level. Generally, these courses are concept-driven, emphasize creative research and a deliberative design process, and ask students to be articulate about their visual design decisions.
Slawson's research interests began at the intersection of design, technology and learning. On these topics he offered a workshop at the Summer Design Institute (2003) at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and has presented talks at the National Educational Computing Conference (Boston), Center for Excellence in Education (Indiana University) and the National Art Education Association Conference (Chicago).
A new research direction involves printing history among the Cherokee. The search for documents and artifacts has taken him to numerous archives, libraries and historic sites in Georgia and Oklahoma, as well the Houghton Library at Harvard University.
In 2008, he wrote a feature article for the newsletter of the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah and has presented talks at SECAC (Jacksonville 2004) and at a UF Center for Latin American Studies Conference on Communication Technologies and the Impacts on Indigenous Languages (2007). He has also delivered invited lectures at Sam Houston State University and Florida Southern College, as well as other classrooms on the UF campus.
Since the early 1990s, Slawson has primarily served as area coordinator of graphic design establishing the student design group, voxGraphis, and the annual Ligature Design Event. As well, in the mid-1990s he implemented the "computer-integrated studio" plan where UF design students work and learn together in a collaborative, creative space.
Brian has served as chair of several search committees in graphic design and digital arts, and often participates in committees related to curriculum planning and development. He is a member of the American Printing History Association.
Slawson holds MFA and BFA degrees from School of Art and Design at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.