Faculty

J. Dakota Brown

 

J. Dakota Brown
Adjunct Associate Professor, Graphic Design
jdakota@uic.edu

PhD Communication Studies, Northwestern University
MA Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago 
BA Graphic Design, North Carolina State University

J. Dakota Brown is a designer and educator working on the relationship between design and labor—to be read in two of his essays: “The Power of Design as a Dream of Autonomy” and “Typography, Automation and the Division of Labor: A Brief History.” His primary research interest is typography as contextualized by historical transformations in labor, technology, and aesthetic experience. 

He has worked as a designer for the Newberry Library and Thirst. Independent publishing and curatorial projects include AREA Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Version>04 Festival, Select Media Festival, and Lumpen Magazine. His design of the HAHA site-sensitive art collective website reflects the organizations extensive collaboration with the communities in which it is produced. ​

Dakota teaches across art history, design, and writing at several art and design universities and maintains an active practice centered around book and journal design.