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.

POSTED: Sunday, March 16, 2014 12:49 PM
UPDATED: Thursday, December 08, 2022 12:40 PM
College of Communication & Information

There’s a Kent State alumna behind the card Jason and Kylie Kelce selected for their family’s 2023 holiday greeting: Megan Cash, ’13. She designed the festive plaid template “Madras” for design marketplace/online retailer Minted.

“The Kelce family went on Minted and chose my card out of a thousand different designs,” Cash said in an interview with Fox 8 Cleveland. “They worked with them to change the color to match the Philadelphia Eagles green.”

Through actively pursuing opportunities to make connections and market herself, Kent State alumna Grace Petitijean, ’21, has found a fulfilling communication-based career she is passionate about. As a Copywriter for FCB Health New York, part of the IPG Health Network, Grace takes high-science medical content and crafts messages that tailor the information to be understood by the general public, ensuring everyone has equal access to health information.

Kent State student Katie Criswell, ’24, is actively engaged in telling the daily stories from Stow-Munroe Falls City Schools classrooms through her communication-focused internship. During the Fall 2023 semester, the Communication Studies major and Honors College student has been to each of the district’s 10 schools, capturing what’s going on and what’s exciting in classrooms. Putting skills she’s learned in her own classes to work, Criswell then takes the content she’s captured and transforms it into social media posts and stories for the district’s Community Connection magazine.