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.



Meredith’s publications exist in three forms: scholarly articles, self-published books, and LIVD, an experimental journal she started in 2014. Her scholarly papers are permanently archived through Portland State University’s digital archive, PDX Scholar, her books are available on Amazon, and LIVD is available online and in limited edition prints.


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.  


Client Work

Meredith is an award-winning designer with over fifteen years of experience. She works in branding and identity, print, interaction, and motion. She has worked on projects for a variety of clients, ranging from global corporations, to local non-profits.


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.