Doug Thomas

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Douglas Thomas

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Douglas Thomas is a designer, writer, and historian. He holds an MA in Social Science from the University of Chicago and an MFA in Graphic Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has taught graphic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art and Johns Hopkins. Currently, he is an assistant professor of graphic design at Brigham Young University.

His design work has been featured in Communication Arts, Eye, Design Observer, Print, and Graphis. He is the author of Never Use Futura, a cultural history of the typeface Futura.


J.L. Frazier, The Inland Printer, and Typographic Taste-making

Douglas will describe how the Chicago-based trade journal The Inland Printer served a key forum for typographic taste throughout its history. He'll focus on editor J.L. Frazier’s writings for the journal in the 1920s and 1930s, when American printers found themselves at stylistic crossroads.

Events with Douglas Thomas

  • Presentation: “J.L. Frazier, The Inland Printer, and Typographic Taste-making” on Friday, October 4