I’m a recovering political theorist turned graphic designer and committed typophile. 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 the semiotics and epistemology of design. I’ve contributed numerous type and book reviews to Typographica and Fonts in Use, and I’m writing a book on the history and principles of modular lettering and type. My experimental modular typeface Kast was a jury finalist in the 2016 protoType competition; I’m developing Kast into paper, photographic, print, and digital artifacts as part of a larger exploration of the many levels of typographic representation.

I live in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, with my wife, Miriam Martincic—a freelance illustrator and designer—and two miniature dachshunds, Oona and Henri.