About Meredith

Meredith James received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2008. The program at Cranbrook is highly competitive and widely regarded as one of the best in the world. Today, she remains a practicing designer, while also serving as Associate Professor in the Graphic Design Program at Portland State University.


Graphic Design

Meredith’s design practice includes commercial and pro-bono work, as well as experimental projects that have been exhibited across the US. Her clients include the University of Southern California, Lear Corporation, Deloitte, and The Henry Ford Museum, and her experimental projects have been exhibited in cities from New Orleans to Detroit.

Books by Meredith


Meredith’s writing can be found in several books. In Baseline Shift, her focus is on early twentieth century women designers who created work for the suffrage movement. In short, elevating notable women who centered their work around women’s empowerment. In Ethics and Design and Communication, Meredith’s writing centers on digital media ethics.


Teaching & Pedagogy

Meredith currently teaches in the Graphic Design Program within the School of Art + Design at Portland State University. She has been at Portland State since 2014, focusing on theory, research, writing and design thinking. Her pedagogy is the basis for her scholarly articles and presentations.  



Meredith’s articles are archived through the Portland State University Library. They are also accessible via Google Scholar and have been downloaded from countries all over the world including South Africa, the United Kingdom, India, Indonesia, South Korea, and Canada. She has also presented to national and international audiences.


Exhibition Record

Meredith has exhibited work in a number of national and international exhibitions, from motion graphics at Cinema Reset in New Orleans, to archival prints at the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, and interactive collaborative performances at the Long Beach and Kansas City SoundWalks.