Upon checking into a residence, one is greeted with positive messages on floors and walls, and receive outerwear and a toiletries package, designed with affirming language.
Along with her role as Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Rutgers University-Newark, Chantal is a founding member of IntraCollaborative, a team of designers and educators sharing a deep-seated interest in design and its relevance to the social sector.
Chantal integrates publicly engaged practice and design education through her work at Express Newark, as Co-Director of Visual Means and Design Consortium, two academic programs that model a design-studio working experience in which faculty, students, researchers and community partners engage in a collaborative design process to create impact in the city of Newark.
Through my academic research at Rutgers University-Newark, I’ve experienced a clear intersection and productive exchange between my career focus, my role in the classroom and my responsibility to the community — through collaboration, co-building, social engagement and service learning — so I continued to investigate ways in which social contexts can be applied to the fundamentals of graphic design: image, word, message-making and the technological conditions of the medium.
One of the most important aspects of my professional development has been the collaborative process. The strategy, decision making and design process behind highly charged social issues, are more purposely founded and more democratic when it is informed by a collaborative and/or participatory process with partners, clients, audiences.
In March of 2021, a visual language was created in partnership with designer and curator Rebecca Pauline Jampol, for a new initiative for residents without addresses called Newark Hope Village. We joined the City of Newark's Office of Homelessness and Homes for the Homeless to support their initiative to design a low-barrier shelter community built from repurposed shipping containers and transformed into a therapeutic service-oriented community.
The visual system for NHV, radiates the initiative’s mission throughout. Using language and iconography emphasizing care, the design intends to magnify warmth and welcome.