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Faculty Profile: Steven McCarthy

Steven McCarthy, MFA

Specialties & Expertise

  • Graphic Design
  • MFA
  • Design Authorship
  • Experimentation and Design Practice
  • Artists Books
  • Interactive Design
  • Design History
  • Graphic Design in The Netherlands and Great Britain
Course Titles (resident and outreach teaching):
  • GDes 3351 Text and Image
  • GDes 2345 Typographic Design
  • GDes 3353 Packaging and Display
  • GDes 4361W Senior Thesis and Writing
  • Des 8114 Design Studio

Selected Scholarship

  • McCarthy, S. J. (2013) Curriculo Veritas. Chasing Papers invitational exhibit. Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan.
  • McCarthy, S. J. (2013) The Designer As... Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating book. BIS Publishers: Amsterdam.
  • McCarthy, S. J., (2013). In the year 1798. The Poster 2:2. Intellect Publishing. 209-217.
  • McCarthy, S. J., (2013). Each go hide inside me: Black Baskerville remixed. Visual Communications Journal 12:2. Sage Publishing. 197-206.
  • McCarthy, S. J. (2013). Black Baskerville. Meditations on Emancipation nationally juried exhibit. State University New York, Geneseo.
  • McCarthy, S. J., (April 2013). Ultimate career crit: External reviews of graphic design faculty. Blunt: Explicit and Graphic Design Criticism Now. AIGA & Old Dominion University, Virginia.
  • McCarthy, S. J., (December 2012). Countries, cultures and histories: Design fiction as alternative narrative. Geographics: Design, Education and the Transnational Terrain. AIGA & University of Hawai‘i, Honolulu.
  • McCarthy, S. J. (2012) In the year 1789. Poster Offensive 6 invitational exhibit. Big Table Studio. St Paul, Minnesota.
  • McCarthy, S. J., (2012). Designer as Author Activist: A Model for Engagement. Design Research Society conference proceedings CD, Bangkok, Thailand. 1614-1623.
  • McCarthy, S. J. (2012). Black Baskerville. Language and the City nationally juried exhibit. Studio Couture Detroit, Detroit, Michigan.
  • McCarthy, S. J. (2011). Intense ruby red (book and bottles). Sources–Origins nationally juried exhibit. South Shore Art Center. Cohasset, Massachusetts.
  • McCarthy, S. J. (2011). DAD+MOM poster, DAD+MOM digital video. We The Designers invitational exhibition.
    • AIGA National Design Center gallery. New York, NY. (Winter 2013)
    • Goldstein Museum of Design, University of Minnesota. (Fall 2012)
    • National Press Club, Washington, DC. (Winter 2012)
    • Northeastern University. Boston, MA. (Fall 2011)
  • McCarthy, S. J. (2010). Designer-authored histories: graphic design at the Goldstein Museum of Design. Design Issues 27:1. MIT Press.
  • McCarthy, S. J. (2010). Commercial rhetoric art project web site. Repurposes national juried exhibition. Old Dominion University. Norfolk, Virginia.
  • McCarthy, S. J., (2010). Typography’s role in design authorship: Product, process or tool? in proceedings of Design and Craft: a History of Convergences and Divergences, the 7th Conference of the Int. Committee for Design History and Design Studies. 316-321. competitive.


Professional, Institutional, and Community Leadership and Service

  • Performed external promotion and tenure reviews for faculty at: University of Wisconsin, Southern Illinois University, Bowling Green State University, University of Florida, Northern Illinois University, University of South Florida, Oklahoma State University, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Texas, and Illinois Wesleyan University


  • MIKE Award (people's choice). Hip art that's square. (print and interactive materials for Goldstein Museum exhibit). Communicator's Forum annual competition, University of Minnesota. (2005).
  • Best of 1- or 2-color award. Con verse hay shun (print component) in FitzGerald, K. (Ed.) News of the Whirled 4. American Institute of Graphic Arts-Richmond, VA annual exhibition and competition. (2005).
  • Juror's choice award. Know chain link interactive work. Second prize, professional category. Episodic Design web site. National design educators exhibition. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. (2001).
  • Juror's choice award. Seminal ideas web site. Second prize, professional category. Design Institute poster. National design educators exhibition. Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma. (1999)



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