I’m a recovering political theorist turned graphic designer and design researcher and writer. I completed a PhD in political theory from Indiana University Bloomington in 2004, and earned an MFA in graphic design from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2015. I’m presently an assistant professor of graphic design in the Department of Art at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, where I teach and study typography and design research and methods. I’ve contributed numerous type and book reviews to Typographica and Fonts in Use, and I’m writing a book on the principles and history of modular scripts. My experimental modular typeface Kast was a jury finalist in the 2016 protoType competition. I’ve developed Kast into paper, photographic, print, and digital artifacts, and begun to explore digital animation using Python and Drawbot as part of a larger investigation into typographic representation and parametric/algorithmic/generative formal systems.
I live in Sugar Mountain, North Carolina, with my wife, Miriam Martincic—a freelance illustrator and designer—and two miniature dachshunds, Oona and Henri.