Carnegie Mellon University

Dan Boyarski

Dan Boyarski

Professor and Director of Alumni Relations, Design

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue,
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Dan Boyarski is Professor and Director of Alumni Relations in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He teaches courses in typography, information and interaction design, and time-based communication at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His interests lie in dynamic information, interface and interaction design, and how type, image, sound, and movement may be combined for effective communication.

Boyarski’s long tenure at Carnegie Mellon has enabled him to collaborate on a wide variety of projects. He has conducted research for organizations like Samsung Electronics, IBM, Nortel Networks, Carnegie Museum of Art, and Microsoft. He was involved in early interface design work at the Information Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon, where a campus-wide computer network was developed with IBM in the mid- to late-1980s. In the spring of 1999, the Design Management Institute awarded Boyarski the Muriel Cooper Prize for “outstanding achievement in advancing design, technology, and communications in the digital environment.”

Boyarski is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and symposia dealing with interaction design, design education, and design and new media. He was one of three co-organizers of the first national conference on interaction design in China, held in October 2009 at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he gave the keynote address.

Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon, Boyarski taught Graphic Design at Indiana University and the University of Louisville. At Carnegie Mellon, he was previously Head of School, Director of Graduate Studies, and Chair of the Graphic Design Program.

Boyarski holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Indiana University and a BA in Art/Design from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN. He completed post-graduate studies in graphic design and film animation at the School of Design (Kunstgewerbeschule) in Basel, Switzerland.