Co-chair, MFA Design Department, School of Visual Arts; special assistant to the president, School of Visual Arts; co-founder, MFA Design Criticism, MPS Branding, MFA Interaction Design, MFA Products of Design programs, School of Visual Arts; contributing editor: Print, Eye, Baseline; contributing writer: Metropolis, Design Bureau, Port, IDPure; columnist, The New York Times Book Review
MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism MFA Design


New York University, School of Visual Arts

Professional experience includes

Senior art director, The New York Times Book Review

Books authored, co-authored or edited

More than 140 books on graphic design, illustration and political art, including Iron Fists: Branding the 20th-Century Totalitarian State; Paul Rand; Merz to Emigre and Beyond: Progressive Magazine Design of the Twentieth Century; Design Literacy: Understanding Graphic Design; Handwritten: Expressive Lettering in the Digital Age; The Education of a Typographer; Graphic Design History; Graphic Style: From Victorian to Post-Modern; Typology: Type Design from Victorian Era to the Digital Age; The Education of A Graphic Designer; Italian Art Deco: Graphic Design Between the Wars; Faces on the Edge: Type in the Digital Age; The Swastika: Symbol Beyond Redemption?; French Modern: Art Deco Graphic Design; Euro Deco; Cuba Style; Times Square Style; The Savage Mirror: The Art of Contemporary Caricature; Texts on Type; Design Humor: The Art of Graphic Wit; Citizen Designer; Seymour Chwast: The Left-Handed Designer; Innovators of American Illustration; Art Against War; The Push Pin Graphic: A Quarter Century of Innovative Design and Illustration; Stylepedia: A Guide to Graphic Design Mannerisms, Quirks, and Conceits; The Education of a Photographer; Anatomy of Design: Uncovering the Influences and Inspiration in Modern Graphic Design; The Design Entrepreneur: Turning Graphic Design Into Goods That Sell; Design School Confidential; Typography Sketchbooks; I Heart Design; Art Direction Explained, At Last!; Scripts: Elegant Lettering From Design’s Golden Age; 100 Ideas that Changed Graphic Design; Stop, Think, Go, Do: How Typography & Graphic Design Influence Behavior

Blogs Include

The Daily Heller, The Atlantic

Curatorial works include

“Simplicissimus, Germany’s Most Influential Satire Magazine,” Goethe House; “Political Art, Ten Years of Graphic Commentary,” AIGA; “L’Assiette au Beurre,” French Institute; “Typographic Treasures, The Work of W.A. Dwiggins,” International Typeface Corporation; “Where is My Vote? Posters For the Green Movement in Iran,” Visual Arts Gallery. Co-curator: “SVA/BBC Design Documentary Film Festival,” SVA Theatre, School of Visual Arts

Symposia (Director)

“Modernism & Eclecticism: A History of American Graphic Design,” “How We Learn, What We Learn,” School of Visual Arts; “Where the Truth Lies: A Symposium on Propaganda Today,” CUNY Graduate Center

Awards And Honors Include

National Design Mind Award, Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; National Endowment for the Arts; Special Educators Award, Art Directors Hall of Fame; AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement; Herschel Levit Award, Pratt Institute; Outstanding Client Award, Graphic Artists Guild; Richard Gangel Art Director Award, Society of Illustrators