MA, Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
BFA, Graphic Design, North Carolina State University
J. Dakota Brown's current research concerns the graphic design discourse of the 1980s and 1990s, which he traces alongside the emergence of Cultural Studies and the transformation of contemporary work.
Dakota began his graphic design career at Thirst, where he worked primarily as a web designer. He later constituted the Newberry Library’s one-person design department. In addition to these roles, he collaborated on a series of projects ranging from small organizations and publications (including Green Lantern Press, Lumpen magazine, and AREA Chicago magazine) to the festival series Version and the DIY venue Highschool.
A recipient of the Student Medallion from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Dakota has previously taught courses on the history and theory of art and design at DePaul University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
He is currently a PhD Candidate in Northwestern University’s Rhetoric and Public Culture Program.