Mark Addison Smith
Assistant Professor, Graphic Design and Visual Communication
Division of Humanities and the ArtsDepartment
Mark Addison Smith's design specialization is typographic storytelling, allowing illustrative text to convey a visual narrative through printed matter, artist's books, and site installations. With his on-going, text-based archive, You Look Like The Right Type, he has been illustrating snippets of overheard conversations every day since 2008 and exhibiting them as larger-scale conversations in venues including Brooklyn Artists Gym, A+D Gallery in Chicago, and MAGMA Brand Design's Slanted Magazine. He has spoken about linguistics and letterforms—specifically as they relate to gender dynamics within bathroom graffiti—at American University and Manchester Metropolitan University, and is included in the permanent collection of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and the Special Collections and Archives of the James Branch Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.