Graduate Program Coordinator
Director, Center for Multimedia Arts
OFFICE: FedEx Institute of Technology, RM 335
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
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
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
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): www.futurehistory.info/papers.html
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
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
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
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,
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,