Debra Drodvillo is a Graphic Designer and design educator located in New York City. She is the founder and principal of Notion Studio, a multi-disciplinary design studio that focuses on work for non-profits and for profit clients alike. Clients include—The United Nations (World Population Fund, Division for the Advancement of Women and The Adolescent Girls Task Force, Narativ (a non-profit organization that uses storytelling to address issues of genocide), Brioni, Lavazza, Universe Publishing, The French Culinary Institute, Stewart, Tabori and Chang and Paul Stuart.
Debra is also a founding member of the art collective Class Action. Projects include: pro-choice bill board; Day Without Art, commemorative poster series; Aiding Awareness: Women’s Stories, art installation; Aspen Design Conference, pamphlet commenting on conference logo design; United Nations World Population Day, print materials. Class Action has lectured at: Ohio University, Rhode Island School of Design, University of Hartford, Yale University, The Aspirin Design Conference and the Philadelphia chapter of The American Institute of Graphic Arts. Class Action was awarded Best of Category in Environments for Women’s Stories from ID Magazine, 40th Annual Design Review. Works published in: ID Magazine, American Center for Design; Statements, AIGA Annual No. 16, From Suffragettes to She-Devils, The Design of Dissent.
Debra currently teaches at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she was Chairman of the design department from 1999—2005. She has also taught at The Cooper Union, Yale University, The School of Visual Arts, Pratt, and is currently visiting lecturer at Parsons The New School for Design.
Debra was a finalist for the 2006 Rome Prize.
She holds an MFA from Yale University and a BFA from The Cooper Union.