Over time the role of the graphic designer has continually grown and expanded. Serving originally as hired help providing a professional service, the role of the designer has evolved into more empowering roles of authorship embracing social, cultural, political and economic issues of importance. In his book, “The Designer As…,” Steven McCarthy tells the story of how designers currently seek opportunities to combine form, function content, and meaning in their work and how they’ve taken on different roles as authors and producers.
McCarthy, a professor of graphic design at the University of Minnesota, has had creative work 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 many others. His work has also been in over ninety juried and invitational exhibitions. He will be paying a visit to Kent State for a lecture and book signing Thursday, March 20 at 7pm in the First Energy Auditorium in Franklin Hall. Steven will also hold a workshop the following day for Visual Communication Design students, Friday, March 21 from 10am to 12:30pm at the Glyphix office, 138 E. Main St. in Downtown Kent.
Steven’s book, “The Designer As…: Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator, and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating,” will be available for purchase the night of the lecture from the Kent State University Bookstore for $32.