At heart, Frederun will always be both a student and a teacher. Born in Cologne, Germany, to a family of teachers, her destiny was all but spelled out for her. She has taught graphic design at FIT for over 20 years, though it wasn’t until taking a type class at Parsons—where she was actually studying fashion illustration—that she realized she wanted to be a designer. From there, she went on to study graphic design at Empire State, museum studies at FIT, and ultimately received her PhD from Bard Graduate Center in design history and material culture.

Frederun is the humble mastermind behind our program’s nickname, letfliesfly, although if you ask her what it means you may not always get a straight answer. It’s said she’d rather let students find their own meaning than conform to a singular way of seeing.