Design professor co-authors graphics guide book for managers

Author: Arts and Letters


Robert Sedlack, assistant professor of design at the University of Notre Dame, is the lead author of a new book titled “Graphics and Visual Communication for Managers.”

Published last month by Thomson South-Western as part of the Managerial Communication Series, the book offers practical and useful advice on how to work with graphics and visuals in reports, briefings and proposals. It also provides direct instruction on how to integrate graphic aids into spoken presentations and public speeches.

The book is edited by James S. O’Rourke, concurrent professor of management and director of Notre Dame’s Fanning Center for Business Communication. Co-authors include Barbara Shwom of Northwestern University and her business partner, Karl Keller, both with Communication Partners, Inc.

Sedlack recently received American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA magazine for his work on the Snite Museum of Art’s “Selected Works” catalog and “The Book of Portraiture,” a creative collaboration with author Steve Tomasula, associate professor of English at Notre Dame. In the magazine’s current issue, Sedlack was included among “People to Watch,” which recognizes “a handful of people shaping the design profession, producing notable work, making news, influencing others and leading the community.”

A member of the Notre Dame faculty since 1998, Sedlack earned his bachelor’s degree from Notre Dame and his master of fine arts degree from Indiana University. His primary area of research interest is design for social betterment, and he has designed various print and multimedia projects, both locally and nationally.

Contact: Robert Sedlack, 574-631-4276,

Originally published by Shannon Chapla at on February 20, 2007.