Aleksandra Giza is an associate professor of Visual Communication in the School of Art at Northern Illinois University. She graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Cracow, Katowice Branch, Poland, where she started her academic career in 1989. She is a recipient of a UNESCO Aschberg grant and participated in the design research program at Jan Van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, The Netherlands. She moved to the United States in 1998, when she began her career teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in design at NIU. Aleksandra Giza lectures and offers workshops in Europe, America and Asia, writes about contemporary graphic design, does curatorial work and works as a freelance designer. She has been an instructor for the Visual Arts Camp since 2010.