Kali Nikitas wears a lot of hats, as an academic administrator, educator, graphic designer and curator. Kali is Department Chair of Communication Arts and MFA Graphic Design at Otis College of Art and Design. She and her husband, Rich Shelton, are the partners of Graphic Design for Love (+$).
We start the interview talking about Kali’s teaching experience and how her perspective on teaching has changed over the years. We’re also curious why she has moved around so much and like to hear more about her long-standing relationship with the Netherlands. Because Kali has curated several design exhibitions we wonder if there’re similarities between teaching, running the design department and curating. One of her exhibitions is called ‘And She Told 2Friends: An International Exhibition of Graphic Design by Women’. Because it took place twenty years ago, we talk about it’s relevance nowadays. Recorded at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California.