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Michael Schmidt

Graphic Design
Associate Professor
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Director, Center for Multimedia Arts
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Ohio University, Athens, OH B.F.A. 1992 Graphic Design
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC M.G.D. 1994 Graphic Design w/ minor in Cultural Anthropology


2004- Director, Center for Multimedia Arts, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
2001- Tenured Associate Professor, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
1995-2001 Assistant Professor, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN
1994-1995 Assistant Professor, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA
1994-1995 Design Contractor, Design Room, Cleveland, OH
1993 Design Contractor, Seer Technologies, Inc., Raleigh, NC


1998-1999 Graphic Designer of several print pieces, which won the following national awards: Award of Design Excellence, PRINT Magazine; two American Graphic Design Awards, Graphic Design:usa; Award of Design Excellence, University & College Designers Association; Silver Award, University & College Designers Association; Gold Award, University & College Designers Association.

1997-2002 Production designer for three films selected for the following regional and national juried film festival screenings: Cinema Arts Center’s International Film Festival, Huntington, NY; Vermillion International Film Festival, SD; Houston International Film Festival, Houston, TX; West Palm Beach Independent Film Festival, W Palm Beach, FL; Rochester International Film Festival, Rochester, NY; Smokey Mountain/Nantahala Media Festival; James River Film Festival, Richmond, VA; Flagstaff International Film Festival, Flagstaff, AZ; Media Co-op Film Fest, Memphis, TN; Indie Memphis Film Fest, Memphis, TN; Memphis Film Forum International Film Festival, Memphis, TN. Also selected for the following conference screenings: Beijing Broadcasting Institute, Beijing, China; University Film and Video Association, Winston-Salem, NC; Tennessee Speech and Communication Association, Jackson, TN; Southern States Communication Association Conference, Savannah, GA.

1997-1998 Production designer for two films, which won the following national and international film festival awards: Silver, Worldfest Houston; Second Place, West Palm Beach; Honorable Mention, Smokey Mountain/Nantahala; Honorable Mention, Rochester International; Bronze Award, Flagstaff International; Award of Distinction, The Communicator Awards.

1996-2006 Received three separate grants from the Memphis Arts Council for curatorial and film work; received several grants from the University of Memphis for various research initiatives; received $83K bioethics grant from the Greenwall Foundation for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital project initiative (team award).

1996-2000 Graphic Designer of work selected for the following regional and national juried exhibitions: Designer as Author: Voices and Visions, Northern Kentucky University; Communigraphics Design Best 100 Show, Memphis College of Art; Designers as Artists, Western Kentucky University; UCDA Transcendence ’99, San Francisco, CA; This is Good Design 1, The Urban Art Institute, Chattanooga, TN.


2004 – 2006 Currently Co-PI on the following Memphis-based and Center for Multimedia Arts-related research: “Developing Interactive Media Support in Pediatric Phase 1 Clinical Trials” (funded by the Greenwall Foundation); digital 3D imaging databases and 3D curricula development for formal and informal learner environments in Native American Tribal Communities; advancing civic engagement through communication design for peace & justice and fair taxation organizations.

1994 – 2004 The past ten years laid the groundwork for current research. My core activities were graphic design instruction, graphic design practice, design writing for publications and presentations, filmmaking (production design, writing, directing, and editing), and curatorship of design exhibitions. Research in more recent years moved towards work for social justice, such as an anti-hate campaign after 9/11, identity design for the MidSouth Peace and Justice Center, intensive media technology consultation for the National Civil Rights Museum, and design writing and lecturing on the injustices of globalization. Most of the work of this ten-year period was multidisciplinary and collaborative.


Schmidt, Michael. “Concerns for Education in Today’s Typographic Universe.” In The Education of the Typographer, edited by Steven Heller, New York: Allworth Press, 2004. (Requested for republication in Spanish by the editors of the University of Chile publication, Revista Chilena Diseño.)
Schmidt, Michael. “Hello Ms. Hernandez.” Emigre, no. 67 (2004): 9-20.
Schmidt, Michael. “Responsibility Answers Absurdity.” In Citizen Designer, edited by Steven Heller. New York: Allworth Press, 2003.
Schmidt, Michael. “Techno Polemics in the Networked World Order.” AIGA Chicago Future History Conference:Paper Presentations (2002):
Schmidt, Michael. “The Digital Designer/Filmmaker: Overcoming Motion Sickness.” In The Education of an E-Designer, edited by Steven Heller, 230-236. New York: Allworth Press, 2001.
Schmidt, Michael. “Operation Snowstorm: How Brands Ate the World.” News of the Whirled, no. 3 (2001): 60-67.
Schmidt, Michael. “Word as Image: Traveling Exhibition of Contemporary Graphic Design.” designer: The Official Publication of the University and College Designers Association (Winter 2000/Spring 2001): 26-31.
Schmidt, Michael. “Two Days In Limbo.” In Graphic Design & Reading, edited by Gunnar Swanson, 9-19. New York: Allworth Press, 2000.
Schmidt, Michael. “Dear Emigre.” Emigre, no. 47 (1998): 73-75.
Schmidt, Michael. “Remaking the Designer.” Concentrated Form (1996) — Thesis excerpt published in this NC State School of Design publication. Andrew Blauvelt, editor and thesis chair.


Design Studies at the University of Memphis, Fachhochschule, Ulm, November 2005
Health and Culture: Applied Research and Technology Examples from The University of Memphis Center for Multimedia Arts, American Society of Information Systems and Technology National Conference, October 2005.
From Health to Living History: Applications in Research and Technology, Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce, September 2005
Word and Image, Warp and Weft: Threads in the Same Fabric, MidSouth Chapter of the Society of Technical Communicators. March 2005
Directing an Independent Film, Memphis International Film Festival. April 2002.
The Influence of the Bauhaus, Memphis College of Art, October 1999.
Word and Image: Design and Ideology, North Carolina State University, October 1998.
Word and Image: Design and Ideology, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. October 1997.
Presentation of personal design work: Ohio University, October 1995.


Graphic Design: Distributed to the Max? College Art Association 93rd Annual Conference, Atlanta, February, 2005.
Free Trade Graphic Design: Dangerous Economics Behind the Visual Message, Design History Society Annual Conference, Belfast, September 2004.
Collaboration or Collusion? Coordination or Control? College Art Association 92nd Annual Conference, Seattle, February, 2004.
Graphic and Typographic Design Education in the Globalization Epoch, University of Minnesota, October 2003.


Techno Polemics and the Networked World Order, American Institute of Graphic Arts—Chicago, October 2002.
Word and Image: A Traveling Exhibition, University and College Designers Association National Conference, September 2000.
Word and Image: A Traveling Exhibition, American Institute of Graphic Arts National Design Conference, November 1997.


Throop, Elizabeth. “Being Serious, Being Popular: Positioning Design Research” In Design Studies: Theory and Research in Graphic Design, edited by Audrey Bennett and Steven Heller: Princeton Architectural Press, 2006. (This book chapter describes the CMA’s project initiative with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Fiss, Karen. “Eating the Other.” Print Magazine, (January/February) 2006: 59. (This magazine article quotes from one of my essays on the inequity of globalization.)
My essays have been added as required readings to university courses in the US, Canada, and Australia.

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