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Aggie Toppins



Aggie Toppins is an associate professor and chair of undergraduate design. Before joining the faculty at WashU, Aggie taught for eight years at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga where she served for two years as the first female department head in art. Before her academic career, Toppins spent a decade in the industry working at agencies in Cincinnati and Chicago.

Toppins works at the intersections of studio practice and critical writing to explore the ways that visual communication bears on social realities. She is interested in the appraisal of history, the negotiability of meaning-making, and in using these critical orientations to decouple design from universalist narratives of capital. Her recent writing has been published by AIGA Eye on Design, Slanted, and in Briar Levit’s forthcoming book Baseline Shift: Untold Stories of Women in Graphic Design History. Aggie holds a BS in Design from the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning and an MFA in Graphic Design from MICA.

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Women’s Group on Race Relations

Circular multicolored logo with purple bold text Women’s Group on Race Relations

Women’s Group on Race Relations, 2021

Brand Identity
3 mobile displays of instagram posts. First design features a large HELLO in a speech bubble, second has repeated 'WALKING TOUR' text and the third a stylized MAPPING OUR POWER text

Women’s Group on Race Relations, 2021

Brand Identity
Purple, pink and yellow event poster design with the words 'Where I'm From' in speech bubbles with event details

Women’s Group on Race Relations, 2021

Brand Identity

TL;DR Zine Archive & Exhibition

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TL;DR Zine Archive & Exhibition, 2021

Brand Identity
Designed with Shreyas R. Krishnan
3 mobile displays of instagram posts. First design features a large CALL FOR ZINES text, second has repeated 'TL;DR' logo and the third a stack of zines

TL;DR Zine Archive & Exhibition, 2021

Brand Identity
Designed with Shreyas R. Krishnan
Logo design of TL;DR with a white background and a yellow background variation

TL;DR Zine Archive & Exhibition, 2021

Brand Identity
Designed with Shreyas R. Krishnan
Collaterals for TL;DR including posters and yellow tote bag

TL;DR Zine Archive & Exhibition, 2021

Brand Identity
Designed with Shreyas R. Krishnan

Palimpsests, 2015

A collage on a light pink background, with scratches and textures on the composition: an open mouth on top of a Starbucks sticker and two labels, one with a barcode and the other with (what appears to be) a QR code. The larger label reads, "BAGS SHOPPING BAGS". One of the stickers is ripped, with its lower edge torn.

Palimpsests, 2015-2019

Silkscreen and digital printing.
Mutiple bright colored image collages with various coloured paper and ephemera

Palimpsests, 2015-2019

Digital and silkscreen printing on colored papers