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Li Zhang

Li Zhang

Professor // Visual Communications Design // Rueff School

Professor / Art & Design / Visual Communication Design // Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance

Professor // Art and Design // Rueff School

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Visual Communication Design

Li Zhang is the Chair of the Department of Art and Design, and Professor of Visual Communication Design at Purdue University where she is specialized in information design, poster design, branding/packaging/advertising, typography, and cross-cultural and social issues in visual design. 

Professor Zhang is a co-author of the book Social Poster Design: Visual Connections Between East and West. Zhang's designs have been recognized in two hundred and fifty exhibitions and publications in more than twenty-five countries, including Graphis - the International Journal of Visual Communication, Print, How, and the most competitive international design biennials in Poland, Mexico, Russia, and Czech Republic. More than sixty of her posters are in permanent collections of the Library of Congress in the USA, Zürich Museum of Design in Switzerland, Victoria & Albert Museum and Imperial War Museum in the United Kingdom, Ogaki Poster Museum in Japan, and Lahti Poster Museum in Finland. Professor Zhang has also received numerous national and international design awards, including First Prize of Domtar Creative Awards, Gold Medal of Creativity, Silver Award of In-Print, Second Prize of Computer Space, American Graphic Design Award, Design One Award, and the Top One Selection in the USA in the 16th Annual World's Most Memorable Poster Competition.

In addition, Professor Zhang is an editor of Cross-Cultural Communication, Canada, and editorial review board member of Scientific Journals International- Creative Work, USA. Zhang also served as design research consultant at Art Research Centre for Olympic Games in Beijing and was invited to speak internationally at prestigious institutions.

Born in Beijing, Professor Zhang received her degrees in Textile Design, Fashion Design, and Visual Communication Design, and is interested in interdisciplinary design and research. Zhang had successful experience in developing collaborative projects and curating international traveling exhibitions. Zhang is the founder and adviser of American Institute of Graphic Arts at Purdue Chapter.

Gallery of Li Zhang's Work

Student Work