Graphic Design College of Design

 

  • Graphic Design Faculty
Faculty

 

 

Steven McCarthy, MFA
Professor

Professor Steven McCarthy (MFA, Stanford University) has been on the UMN graphic design faculty since 1998; for nine years prior, he taught at Northern Kentucky University. His long-standing interest in theories of design authorship as both scholar and practitioner has led to lectures, exhibits, publications and grant-funded research in a dozen countries. McCarthy’s creative work has been in over 115 juried and invitational exhibitions, and has been awarded inclusion in the AIGA annual and in Graphis Poster. Institutional ‘special collections’ that have acquired McCarthy’s work include these universities: Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Virginia Commonwealth, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Art Institute of Chicago and Washington. He has published in Design Issues, Eye, Convergence, Visual Design Scholarship, The Poster, and Visual Communication among others. His book on the topic of design authorship, The Designer As... Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating was published in 2013 by BIS Publishers, Amsterdam. 

Specialties & Expertise

Design Authorship
Artists' Books 
Contemporary Design Criticism

Course Titles (resident and outreach teaching)

GDes 3351 Text and Image 
GDes 3353 Packaging and Display 
GDes 4361W Senior Thesis and Writing 
Des 8114  Graduate Design Studio

Selected Scholarship

Book

McCarthy, S. J. (2013) The Designer As… Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating. BIS Publishers: Amsterdam. 1–248.

     (2014) Published with Korean cover.

  

Peer-Reviewed Publications 

McCarthy, S. J. (2015). Book Art: a Critical Remix of The Electric Information Age Book. Visible Language. Cincinnati, Ohio: University of Cincinnati. 179–202.

McCarthy, S. J., (2015). Three experimental books and their allohistorical approach to the future. Proceedings of Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media, with Politecnico di Milano, Italy. (in press)

 

McCarthy, S. J. and Carlson, A. (2015) Kinetic text: the textured intersection of typography, fashion and body. Message. University of Plymouth Press, UK. 54–61.

 

McCarthy, S. J. (2014). Perish or prosper: Publishing for graphic design faculty. University and College Designers Association education summit proceedings. 116-124.

 

Barness, J. and McCarthy, S. J. (2014). Performing human pixels in Glitched: Portraits of Transformation. 9th International Committee for Design History and Design Studies: Tradition, Transition, Trajectories: Major or Minor Influences? Proceedings. Aveiro, Portugal: University of Aveiro. 499–504.

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 Communication Journal 12:2. Sage Publishing. 197–206.

 

McCarthy, S. J. (2012). Designer as author activist: A model for engagement. Design Research Society conference proceedings CD, Bangkok, Thailand. 1614–1623.

Juried Exhibitions

McCarthy, S. J. (2015) Unbroken record. Parts of a Whole regionally juried exhibition. Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis.

 

McCarthy, S. J. (2015) Unbroken record. Fifth Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize internationally juried exhibition. Sheffield, United Kingdom.

 

McCarthy, S. J. et al (GDES 3351 students) (2015) Subversively northern by design: Minnesota congratulates Alberta. Design Latitudes internationally juried exhibition. University of Alberta, Canada.

 

McCarthy, S. J. (2015) Average Asmarino. Project Passion nationally juried exhibition. Minnesota State University–Mankato.

 

McCarthy, S. J. (2014). In the year 1789. Incite Insight nationally juried exhibition. Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, Colorado.

McCarthy, S. J. (2014). House echo home. Humanities and Home nationally juried exhibit. Institute for Humanities Research, Arizona State University, Tempe.

McCarthy, S. J. (2013). Average Asmarino remixed. Choose Your Own Adventure: An Exhibition without Borders internationally juried exhibition. John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconisn.

 

McCarthy, S. J. (2013). Instructions for sheet. Please Read Carefully nationally juried exhibition. Art Lofts Gallery, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Barness, J. and McCarthy, S. J. (2013). Glitched: Portraits of transformation (“Jess” and “Steven” images). International Digital Media and Arts Association IDEAS juried exhibition. Laguna Beach, California.

 

Barness, J. and McCarthy, S. J. (2013). Glitched: Portraits of transformation (“Jan” and “Zilverbat” images). Art/Identity nationally juried exhibit. Gallery 263, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

McCarthy, S. J. (2013). Black Baskerville. Meditations on Emancipation nationally juried exhibit. State University New York, Geneseo.

 

McCarthy, S. J. (2012). Black Baskerville. Language and the City nationally juried exhibit. Studio Couture Detroit, Detroit, Michigan.

Refereed Presentations

McCarthy, S. J., (June 2015). Three experimental books and their allohistorical approach to the future. Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media, with Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

Barness, J. and McCarthy, S. J., (July 2014). Performing human pixels in Glitched: portraits of transformation. International Committee for Design History and Design Studies conference Tradition, Transition, Trajectories: Major or Minor Influences? Aveiro, Portugal.

McCarthy, S. J., (May 2014). Perish or prosper: Publishing for graphic design faculty. University College and Design Association education summit, Madison, Wisconsin.

 

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., (July 2012). Designer as author activist: A model for engagement. Design Research Society conference, Bangkok, Thailand.

 

Invited Blog Essays

McCarthy, S. J. (2015) Retrogressive. Eye Magazine blog.

(online June 2, 2015)

 

McCarthy, S. J. (2015) Beer signs in the grain belt. Eye Magazine blog.

(online January 13, 2015)

McCarthy, S. J. (2013) Picturing the Average Asmarino. Eye Magazine blog.  (online July 10, 2013)

McCarthy, S. J. (2013) Mapping Asmara. Eye Magazine blog.

(online May 9, 2013)

McCarthy, S. J. (2013) Pride and posters in Eritrea. Eye Magazine blog.

(online April 5, 2013)

Collections (recent)

University of California–Los Angeles Library.

University of Washington Library, Seattle.

Banff Centre Artist Book Collection. Banff, Alberta, Canada.

Stanford University Library Special Collections. Palo Alto, California.

Hennepin County Library Special Collections. Minneapolis.

Professional, Institutional, and Community Leadership and Service

Minnesota Center for Book Arts, board member (three year term): 2014–2017.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Graphic Design Faculty

246c McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Ave
St. Paul, MN
55108
(612) 624-1729

smccarth@umn.edu
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