I am a creative director, designer, and educator. For over fifteen years, I’ve collaborated with cultural institutions and non-profit organizations to develop visual narratives, engagement strategies, and print and digital materials. I believe that, as expressed in the First Things First manifesto, graphic design is fundamentally about the creation and distribution of cultural meaning. Drawing upon my studies in design history, philosophy, and psychology, I strive to create participatory work that dignifies and ennobles.

With an emphasis on the premise that every image either reinforces or challenges the status quo, I also create workshops and classes that address the making and understanding of our image world. In addition to teaching studio courses in visual design, I’ve developed seminars in philosophy, visual culture, and the politics of design at Pratt Institute and Bard Early College. I currently teach at Parsons School of Design in New York.

My first book, The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir (W. W. Norton), was published after driving fifty-thousand miles along the backroads of America, and my work has appeared in several museums and national publications, including the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Rubin Museum of Art, CBS News, New York Times, Time, and HOW Magazine.

I frequently collaborate with the artist Candy Chang on public installations that examine the role of ritual in public space, most recently Light the Barricades at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. More of our projects can be found at Ritual Fields.

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