About the Course


Positive/Negative Magazine is the shared project of the Editorial Design and Editorial Photography courses at RIT, taught by Professors Denis Defibaugh  and  Lorrie Frear.  Designer and photographer teams  create  multiple magazine spreads that present  a positive or negative perspective  on engaging topics. The students are in charge of every aspect of the magazine,  from concept development,  copywriting, art direction, photography,  production design and execution.

This  close collaboration is a valuable experience for all participants.  The goal is to elevate the skills of all participants and to provide the opportunity to experience  a professional work environment. 


About The Professors


Lorrie Frear is an Associate Professor in the School of Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology, where she teaches a variety of collaborative learning experiences for students representing different departments in the College and with other Colleges at RIT.

 In all of Lorrie’s classes, there is an emphasis on current design issues, creativity, and individual growth.  Her areas of teaching expertise include typography, calligraphy and contemporary lettering, editorial design, packaging design and design systems.

Lorrie’s scholarship pursuits include collaborative learning experiences, literacy, design thinking strategies and calligraphy. She has conducted calligraphy and lettering workshops for several universities and organizations including MICA, Carnegie Mellon University, Syracuse University, The University of Rochester, California Polytechnic State University/San Luis Obispo, and the Western New York Book Arts Center.

Denis Defibaugh is a tenured professor of photography at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has lectured internationally and presented workshops for Yellowstone National Park, Zion National Park, Florida A&M University, SPEOS: Paris, and personally coordinated workshops in Cuba; Brazil, Oaxaca, Mexico;  Surabaya, Indonesia;  and Seoul, Korea. 

Denis has participated in over 30 solo exhibitions in galleries, museums, and cultural centers. His recent work Afterlifes of Natural History was exhibited in Arles, France during fotofest in 2012. TCU Press published his first book, The Day of the Dead in Fall 2007, and his documentary photographs earned a Fulbright­Hays Travel/Study Grant to Mexico.

He has been widely published and produced advertising and editorial images for such clients as UNICEF, National Park Service, Coca­Cola, Polaroid, Delta Airlines, Eastman Kodak, and American Express.