Josh is a designer, art director, and burgeoning educator based in Chicago, IL who recently received his MDes from the University of Illinois Chicago. Prior to moving to Chicago he worked as an art director in Cleveland, OH. Josh designs with an eye towards craft, ephemerality, distortion, chance operation, and the interplay of analog and digital modes of production and specializes in print design, publication design, branding, campaign conception and execution, printmaking, JavaScript (p5.js and basil.js), bookbinding, illustration, and a bit of web design.


University of Illinois Chicago
Chicago, IL
MDes Graphic Design

Ohio University
Athens, OH
BFA Graphic Design, Business Minor


Loyola University
Chicago, IL
Adjunct Instructor
January 2022—Present

Northeastern Illinois University
Chicago, IL
Adjunct Instructor
August 2021—Present

UIC School of Design
Chicago, IL
Adjunct Instructor
January 2020—May 2022

Columbia College Chicago
Chicago, IL
Adjunct Instructor
September 2021—December 2021

International Society of Typographic Designers
North America
Annual Student Assessment Scheme Assessor
2019, 2020, 2022


UIC College of Architecture, Design and the Arts
Chicago, IL
Internal Designer
June 2020—May 2021

UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs
Chicago, IL
Internal Designer — Illinois 2020 Census
December 2019—June 2020

Marcus Thomas
Cleveland, OH
Designer / Art Director
December 2013—July 2019

Vicarel Studios
Denver, CO
Freelance Designer
October 2017—July 2019

AIGA Cleveland
Cleveland, OH
Community Outreach Committee
June 2018—July 2019


Typeforce 12, Co-Prosperity, Chicago IL, 2022


Code for Print (Scripting for InDesign)
Pixel (Photoshop Basics)
Type 1
Fundamentals of Visual Design
Foundations Color Theory


Open Source Composition (creating without Adobe)
Cultural Fracking (trend, style, and collecitve pasts)
Public Studio (city as classroom)


Obtuse Identity (branding for fictional consumers)
Readymade Identity/Packaging 
Print UI <---> Digital UI
Interface Hauntology
Reading as Practice
Theft, Knockoffs, and Ripoffs
Bootleg Toys (comedy, subversion, and DIY packaging)
Prompt (urgent?) Course
Intuition (foundational foundations course)
Designer as Archivist
Production 1 : Page
Production 2 : Book
Production 3 : Code
Production 4 : Knowledge