The Parador

Artful Awareness: Transforming Graphic Design into a Mindfulness Practice

Throughout the past century, modern graphic designers have mastered the duality of externally motivated commercial practice and internally motivated self-expression. For more than a decade, David Grey has explored a third perspective based on philosophical, scientific and spiritual teachings in perception, cognition and the nature of mind as the foundation of the creative process. The experiential wisdom of this holistic approach supports an entirely new ground and path for one’s design process by transforming the appreciation of design elements and principles into a lifelong practice of mindfulness, awareness, curiosity and heart felt joy. 

David Grey

David Grey is the Chair of Visual Communications at Endicott College. Prior to this role, he was the founding chair of the Graphic Design Department at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. He holds an MFA in graphic design from CalArts and a BA in psychology from Tufts University. Teaching a practice called "Artful Awareness", David has lead international contemplative design workshops at universities and cultural centers in Milan, Madrid, Berlin, Sao Paolo, New Delhi, Mexico City and, most recently, Kuwait. He is the founder of Sun Mountain School of Contemplative Art and the publisher of Cottage Scholar. In addition to his varied freelance client list, David has been the art director of Clae Footwear (an LA based skateboard company) and Palette Recordings (an LA based techno music label). As a balance to his commercial work, David explores the subtle energies of design elements and principles as mindfulness practice, resulting in large format prints made to "both uplift and ground the space in which they exist".