Leslie Becker, former director of design at CCA, is a design practitioner, educator, and writer. Her research area is design and ethics, specifically methods of ethics, with a particular emphasis on the workings of graphic images in popular culture and their influence on the construction of values. Her practice includes identity, print graphics, large-scale signage systems, custom furniture, and pro bono work for nonprofits.
Leslie has presented papers at conferences for American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), where she is also a fellow, and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, and given papers at Saint Louis University, University College Dublin, and Harvard University. She also has lectured at Tsinghua University in Beijing. She is a former editor of AIGA's San Francisco newsletter and has published essays in periodicals such as PRINT, Graphis New Talent Design Annual, and Design Book Review. She has contributed to several books, including The Education of a Graphic Designer, The Education of a Typographer, and Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility. Her writing on design pedagogy appears in a text published in mainland China (in Chinese, for the time being). She lectured on design pedagogy to design professors in Beijing (summer 2010) as a guest of the Chinese Ministry of Education, presented a paper at the Participatory Innovation Conference in Melbourne during the summer of 2012, and published an invited chapter in Routledge's recent text on Design and Ethics.
Leslie holds a BFA in Graphic Design from The Cooper Union, an MFA in Design from UC Berkeley, and a PhD in Architecture (Theory and Methods) from UC Berkeley.