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Judith Aronson

Judith Aronson
Associate Professor
Library Building - L315

Office Hours:

Mondays 3:30-5:30pm; Wednesdays by appointment; Thursdays  2-3pm

Judith Aronson has been teaching graphic design at Simmons for nine years and has been a practicing designer and photographer for more than twenty-five years. Prior to Simmons she taught for six years at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and the New England School of Art and Design at Suffolk. Earlier in her career she worked in Washington, DC in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department and was a city planner in New York City where she worked in East Harlem as a VISTA Volunteer and later for the Environmental Protection Administration. Aronson holds a BA in American Studies from the University of Michigan and a MA in City Planning and an MA in Fine Art, Graphic Design, from Yale University.

Her special interests are typography, information design and photojournalism. A few years ago she received a grant from the Colleges of the Fenway to teach a course in Wayfinding, an exiting new field within environmental design that applies design principles to information systems that help people move through our increasingly complex environments — hospitals, airports, college campuses and the like. From June to November 2006 Aronson had a one person retrospective in Boston of her color photographs, TACTILE | MERCANTILE, with pictures ranging from the pre-knighted Mick Jagger, to the slums of Harlem and the exotic scenery in Southeast Asia where she lived for three years in the 1970s. She is currently working on a book of black and white portraits of writers and artists.

At Simmons she teaches Communications Technology, Introduction to Graphic Design, Typography, and Advanced Design.


M.A., City Planning, M.A., Fine Art, Grahpic Design
Yale University

B.A., American Studies
University of Michigan

Visual Work


Images from the TACTILE | MERCANTILE exhibit at the Isole Gallery of Art + Industrial Design.