Debra's art and design work is greatly influenced by patterns. This ranges from repetition of shapes and marks in her paintings to the creation of surface pattern designs. She is the creator of placepattern, a pattern placeholder site for web code, the author of Pattern+Source, an online archive of multi-media surface design, and the author of Participatory Learning Strategies, a site for teachers to gain techniques on how to lecture less in the classroom. Debra has shown her art and design projects in venues such as the Illinois State Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Artists Coalition, Terrain Exhibitions, and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts. She is a former Convergence Academies Research Fellow, and a former Chicago Artists Coalition Hatch Projects resident. To view more about Debra and her multi-media projects, go to her site, debrakayes.com.
Graphic Design with a focus on Web Design, UX, and Design Thinking.
Creative Practice and Research Interests
Multi-media surface and pattern design, participatory learning strategies, web and branding design.