Author, Educator Steven McCarthy to Speak at Kent State University

Internationally-known creative scholar Steven McCarthy will visit Kent State University on March 20 to give an illustrated presentation about the researching, writing and designing of his new book The Designer As... Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating.

A professor of graphic design at the University of Minnesota, McCarthy's graphic design work has been published in Graphis Poster, the American Institute of Graphic Arts annual, HOW, Page and inProvocative Graphics: The Power of the Unexpected in Graphic Design, among others. His creative work has been in more than 90 juried and invitational exhibitions.

Working with celebrated book designer Martin Venezky of the San Francisco-based design studio Appetite Engineers, and commissioned by BIS Publishers of Amsterdam, McCarthy explores the role of designers in communication and visual culture, from commercial designers to those assuming the more empowering roles of design authorship. He will share the book's back story: Learn how 1,447 images were obtained legitimately without copyright permission. And, discover how interviews with 12 notable graphic designers, including Ellen Lupton and Rick Poynor, were conducted.

McCarthy will also share examples of his own works of design authorship, ranging from artist's books to videos to posters and will be available for a signing following the event. The Designer As... will be available for purchase for $32. 

7 p.m.
Thursday March 20, 2014
FirstEnergy Auditorium, Rm. 340Franklin Hall
Kent State University
550 Hilltop Dr., 
Kent, Ohio 44240

The event is free and open to the public. The School of Visual Communication Design at Kent State University is hosting this guest lecture and book signing.

The School of Visual Communication Design's [in]VISION Speaker Series aims to bring in experts from a broad range of visual communication-related areas to educate and inspire students, university faculty and staff, and the professional community so all can see how design and communication-related issues play a role in shaping our world.