The MVA Studio creates original and effective graphic design through fast and easy collaboration.


Those who can (should) teach.

MVA partners Namdev Hardisty and Zachary Keenan have been teaching at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) since 2008 with appointments in the Undergraduate Fine Arts and  Bachelor’s of Science programs, as well as the post-baccalaureate Graphic Design Certificate program. In addition both were Directors of MCAD DesignWorks (Zach, 2009–April 2011; Namdev, Interim Director, May–August 2011), the student-staffed design studio at the school, and have also worked as mentors for MFA in Design students. Zach is currently adjunct faculty at the University of Minnesota as well.

Our experience as educators has greatly enhanced our work as designers. As a result, its one of our goals to continue to split our practice between education and client-based work. 

There’s 3 ways to work with The MVA in education:

Take a class with The MVA. Collaborating with MCAD Continuing Education we develop art and design courses for working adults.

Scroll down for a full list of upcoming classes.

Using successes from the classroom we develop custom workshops for student groups, agencies and in-house design studios.

Artist’s Talks & Lectures 
In addition to the traditional artist’s talk that focuses on process and ideation, we are able to craft custom talks for non-design audiences.

To book us for a workshop or talk or to get more information contact us.

Current public classes offered through MCAD:

Experimental Image-Making

It’s time to make something new. Photocopy, scan, photograph, trace, light, cut, layer, make prints with your car’s tires, freeze a sculpture in a container of milk. Whatever you can think of.

Illustrated Typography

This class is for both creative professionals and hobbyists who want to explore ways to bring the energy and expression of illustration to their typographic work. Methods will include both hand-rendered lettering techniques and computer-aided production.

Introduction to Typography

It's one thing to make a message legible—clear to another person and beautifully typeset (meaning how the letters have been arranged)—but quite another to render that message so that it has emotional and aesthetic qualities. The ability to do so is grounded in a thorough understanding of the history of typography. In this class, students will learn how to do just that. They will explore the development of typography and then apply what they've discovered to an engaging series of assignments and projects.


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Previous classes offered through MCAD

Summer 2014 (no links)

Developing A Visual Identity 

Introduction to Graphic Design 

Stealing From Start-Ups: Marketing Strategy Workshop