Steven Skaggs



Professor Skaggs is head of the Graphic Design BFA track. His research in graphic design theory and visual semiotics explores ways in which verbal and visual meanings intersect. His work in providing a semiotic theory for graphic design is culminating in the book FireSigns from MIT Press (to appear in 2016).

His font design Rieven, based on a romanized uncial form, received a major international award in 2010. 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 often involves experimental writing which explores expressive improvisation. His work is in the permanent collections of the Klingspor Museum, the Sackner Archive of Visual Poetry and the Akademie der Künste, Berlin.

Course Offerings

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 Graphic Design

Research Areas and Projects

Graphic Design Theory
Visual Identity Systems

Honors and Awards

His typeface, Rieven, available through Delve Fonts, was awarded the Medal of Typographic Excellence in the TDC2 international type design 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.