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Wee Go Library Wins Big | Q&A with Steven McCarthy

Wee Go Library by Steven McCarthy

Every year the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library select an artist to receive the Minnesota Book Artist Award in recognition for an outstanding piece of work in the book arts field. This year’s award was given to Professor Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design) for his Wee Go Library. The Wee Go Library is a mobile collection of 22 altered books found in Little Free […]

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Can the Power of Design Help Unite Citizens?

Politicians, journalists and pundits use language. Graphic designers use visual language. Drawing on two realms, designers unite visual and verbal content in compelling communication. In a divisive era, when words alone have not been enough, can the power of design help unite citizens on the issues? Join us for “Design and Political Communication,” a panel discussion and reception Wednesday, October 24 at 6:00pm, 22 McNeal Hall. Panelists will include: David Brauer, MinnPost local media reporterDaniel Jasper, College of Design associate professor of graphic designSteven McCarthy, College of Design professor of graphic design The panel will be moderated by Trevor Miller, College of Design director of external relations and former senior aide and political & communications director for the re-election campaign…

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Graphic Design Professor Steven McCarthy: Int'l Presentaions, Exhibits, and Forthcoming Titles in 2012

Graphic design professor Steven McCarthy has been selected to present his paper "Designer as Author Activist: A Model for Engagement" at the Design Research Society's biennial conference in Bangkok, Thailand this July. The Design Research Society is the longest established multi-disciplinary worldwide learned society for the design research community. Professor McCarthy has taught at the College of Design since 1998, and attended an international design-related conference every year since 2001. He recently signed a contract with BIS Publishing to write a forth-coming book about design authorship. Steven's graphic design work has been published in Graphis Poster, the American Institute of Graphic Arts annual, HOW, Page and in Provocative Graphics: The Power of the Unexpected in Graphic Design, among others….

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Graphic Design faculty participate in UCDA conference

Several Graphic Design faculty members participated in the University and College Designers Association’s (UCDA) fortieth anniversary conference, held in Minneapolis October 2-5, 2010. Daniel Jasper was on a regional design education panel; Carol Waldron, James Boyd Brent, and Steven McCarthy led a “University of Minnesota Day” with workshops in letterpress, silk screen, and graphic design authorship history, respectively; and McCarthy gave a lecture, “Twenty-five Years of Design Authorship: Expression, Communication and Activism” (scroll down to item 26).

Carol Waldron, left, with a UCDA designer using a Vandercook letterpress
Carol Waldron, left, with a UCDA designer using a Vandercook letterpress.

James Boyd Brent, second from left, demonstrates screenprinting with UCDA designers
James Boyd Brent, second from left, demonstrates screenprinting with UCDA designers.

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McCarthy asks "Who's responsible?" in eye blog post

Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design), in a blog post for eye, recalls his experience at the Responsibility in Graphic Design conference in Katowice, Poland “concerned with ‘responsibility in political, social, and religious aspects of design; equality and tolerance; disabilities and dysfunctions; ecology; education; and historical context.'” Where better to discuss the ethics of design than the industrial city of Katowice; as McCarthy notes, “of the past 70 years — roughly a lifespan — Poland spent 50 under Nazi occupation or Soviet oppression.”

McCarthy goes on to challenge the upcoming Response_ability: Ethics and Sustainability in Design Education conference to consider responsibility in a much broader context, reaching beyond graphic design.

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