Steven Skaggs

Professor

About

Professor Skaggs is head of the Communication Art & Design BFA track. His research in graphic design theory and visual semiotics explores ways in which verbal and visual meanings intersect. He has recently designed a typeface family, Rieven, based on a romanized uncial form. He has long been a proponent of the possibilities of calligraphy as a fine art, and has lectured and exhibited in the United States, Switzerland, Germany and Italy. His work involves experimental, improvisational writing in which creative aspects the verbal and visual word mix.

Professor Skaggs is the author of two books: Logos–The Development of Visual Symbols (1994), and Poems From Elsewhere (2006). Rieven Uncial, the first of the Rieven family (available through Delve Fonts) was awarded the Medal of Typographic Excellence in the TDC2 international competition in 2010. His artworks are included in the collections of the Klingspor Museum (Offenbach, Germany), the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry (Miami), and the Akademie Der Künste, Berlin.

Honors and Awards

His typeface, Rieven, available through Delve Fonts, was awarded the Medal of Typographic Excellence in the TDC2 international competition in 2010.
Author of Logos–The Development of Visual Symbols (1994), Poems From Elsewhere (2006).
His calligraphic fine artworks are included in the collections of the Klingspor Museum-Offenbach (Germany), the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry (Miami), and the Akademie Der Künste, Berlin.

Teaching Areas

ART 205: Foundation Design Methods
ART 371: Introduction to Graphic Design
ART 571: Letterforms I
ART 572: Letterforms II
ART 573: Identity Systems
ART 574: The Book Form
ART 575: Packaging
ART 579: Directed Study in Graphic Design
ARTH 501: History and Issues in 20th Century Graphic Design

Research Areas and Projects

Semiotics
Poetry
Typography