Shelly Mayers is the Managing Director and Leader of Design Services at Solo Studio. She has undertaken work with a number of UN agencies including UNICEF, FAO, UNDP and UNFPA and a host of businesses. She has received Graphic Communication awards ranging from collateral material to advertising to integrated brand campaign work, from the Caribbean Advertising Federation, (Local Addys).
Shelly joined the Barbados Community College (BCC) in 1997 to teach on the undergraduate degree in Graphic Design and has not looked back since. She has written courses and facilitated the development of new modules currently being taught on the program. She has helped the department acquire sponsorship through community projects and maintain partnership via the ‘Gildan’ scholarship for Graphic Design programme.
Shelly has an Associate Degree in Applied Arts from the BCC, a Bachelor of Art degree in Visual Communication from the University of Central England in Birmingham (now known as Birmingham City University), and an MA (Distinction) in Graphic Design from Nottingham Trent University. She was also awarded a UNESCO Fellowship to briefly study new practices at the University of Dundee (UaD) in Dundee, Scotland.
Shelly has lectured at a few British universities and has presented research on ‘The Symbiotic Relationship Between Magazine Culture and Subculture.’ This research was presented at Nottingham Trent University, the University of Plymouth and the University of the West of England in Bristol. She taught briefly at the University of Plymouth on the BA in Graphic Communication with Typography programme. Shelly also presented ‘Barbadian Design Culture Interpreted through BCC’s Graphic Design programme’ at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, (UaD) in Dundee, Scotland.
More recently she joined the team at the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) as a Consultant in the area of Advanced Proficiency in Art and Design. Furthermore, Shelly has published a paper under the international ‘Design Research Society (DRS)’ entitled; Challenges in Barbadian Design Education – When Graphic Design and Product Development Collide’, and is the first Barbadian to publish on the subject of Graphic Design Education in Barbados.
Shelly simply loves ALL things cultural.