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. While pursuing her degree in 2-Dimensional Design (2D), she also studied coursework in Painting. Meredith’s practice has always been a hybrid and exploratory intersection of design and art, originating when she was a child, through high school and her undergraduate degree, up until today.
As an experimental designer and contemporary artist, Meredith’s work has been exhibited at galleries across the US, from New Orleans to Detroit to Los Angeles. As a professional designer, Meredith has over 15 years of experience working with non-profits, in-house teams, studios and global agencies. She has done design work for companies such as: Young & Rubicam, Ford Motor Company, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Chrysler, University of Southern California, The Henry Ford Museum and Walt Disney Imagineering. For clients, Meredith frequently implements the very same design thinking and research strategies that she teaches in the classroom.
As an educator, Meredith has taught and developed coursework on graphic design theory, design thinking, research practices, failure, and design for well-being. These topics make up the cornerstone of her pedagogy, as she leads these areas for the Graphic Design Program at Portland State University. For her efforts, Meredith has been nominated twice by students as an outstanding faculty member and based on her experiences in the classroom, has developed a series of quick reference guides for designers, the first of which is available on Amazon.
Meredith’s double-blind, peer-reviewed papers have been presented at conferences nationally and internationally. Notably, she has presented at Design Research Society in Brighton, UK, and the College Art Association Conference in New York. Her writing includes the creation of an experimental art and design publication titled, LIVD. LIVD is an exploratory, topical publication where each volume centers on a specific theme that pertains to a creative practice. Volumes of LIVD and Meredith’s scholarly essays and presentations can be downloaded via PDX Scholar.