Kris Layon helps directs a team of people who design Web, database, and online collaboration projects for two Senior Vice Presidents at the University of Minnesota. He also works with other units including University Relations, Office for Information Technology, and College of Liberal Arts. From 2003-2006 he taught in the University’s College of Design (Dept. of Design, Housing, and Apparel).
Kris is also the director of MinneWebCon, the University of Minnesota’s annual Web Standards and Accessibility conference that he founded in 2008 with seven of his colleagues. This conference is an outgrowth of a related initiative, the University’s Web Standards & Accessibility Workgroup, which meets monthly and is open to the public.
Kris has a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota’s Graduate School, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Prior to accepting his current position in 2004, his prior eleven years of work as a designer included consulting, management, academic advising, and education. Previous employers include the Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel, Woolpert Consulting (Dayton, OH), and Bentz / Thompson / Rietow Architects (Minneapolis).
Professional affiliations include:
- AIGA : the professional association for design
- Design Research Society
- mima : Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association
- New Media Research Network