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She began her work in design at Unimark International, and was a graphic designer for Chrysler Corporation's Corporate Identity Office, Omnigraphics of Boston, and Designers and Partners, an advertising design studio in Detroit. Other professional practice includes graphic design for MIT Press, Xerox Education Group, and major advertising agencies. As a partner of McCoy & McCoy Associates, projects include graphic and signage design, design marketing, exhibition design, the interior design of furniture showrooms and executive offices, and a television documentary, Future Wave: Japan Design. Recent clients include Formica Corporation, Unisys, Philips Electronics, Tobu Stores Tokyo, International Design Center Nagoya, Detroit Institute of Arts and Cranbrook Educational Community.

 

ESSAYS

Digital Communications Design in the Second Computer Revolution

American Graphic Design Expression

Rethinking Modernism, Revising Functionalism

Typography as Discourse

Graphic Design in a Multicultural World

Education in an Adolescent Profession

Education and Professionalism or What's Wrong With Graphic Design Education?

Bibliography

She is Past President and Fellow of the Industrial Designers Society of America, and an elected member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale. In recent years she served as President and Chairman of the Board of the American Center for Design, and Vice President of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. She has been a member of the Aldus Graphic Arts Advisory Board, the Design Issues Advisory Board, and a Contributing Editor of ID Magazine. She served on the Design Arts Policy Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts and chaired the Design Arts Fellowships Grant Panel for three years. She was a 1982 IBM Fellow of the International Design Conference at Aspen. In 1987 she received the Society of Typographic Arts Educator Award and the Joyce Hall Distinguished Professorship at Kansas City Art Institute jointly with husband and partner Michael McCoy. In 1994 they were jointly awarded a Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design.

Her work has been published internationally, including the book Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History by the Walker Art Center and Women in Design, published by Rizzoli International. Her teaching methodology has been featured in the ABC Editions Zurich books Graphic Design International and Graphic Design Education, Eye Magazine, Novum Gebrauchsgraphik and Print Magazine. She recently coauthored and designed the book, Cranbrook Design: The New Discourse, published by Rizzoli International. She curated the exhibition New Dutch Graphic Design, which traveled to thirteen cities including Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, Seattle, Montreal and Vancouver from 1986 to 1990. In 1993 she chaired Living Surfaces, the first national conference in the U.S. on multimedia in graphic and industrial design.

A major exhibition, Cranbrook Design: The New Discourse, traveled to New York and Tokyo in 1991, featuring posters and books by Katherine McCoy, as well as those by her students and alumni. Other exhibitions include Mixing Messages at the Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, New York; Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and L' image des Mots at the Centre Pompidou Centre de Creation Industrielle, Paris; the Design Museum, London, the Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the International Design Conference at Aspen, the Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum, and the Pacific Design Center; the Museum of Modern Art, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the Isreal Museum, Jerusalem, and the Cultural Palace, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

International lectures include five ICOGRADA and four ICSID congresses, the Stanford Design and Aspen conferences, the Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design, the New York Architectural League, Harvard University, the Rietveld Academy of Amsterdam, and JIDA and JAGDA, Japan. Juries include the AIGA Communication Graphics, STA 100 Show, Interiors Magazine "I" Awards, and 1984, 1988 and 1991 United States Presidential Design Awards.

Awards include the ID Magazine Annual Design Review, the AIGA Communication Graphics Show, the STA 100 Show, the Print Regional Design Annual, the Type Directors Club of New York TDC Show, the New York Art Directors Club One Show, the Society of Publication Designers, the Interiors Magazine "I" Awards, and the Industrial Designers Society of America IDEA Awards.

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY
WRITINGS ON KATHERINE McCOY

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Boles, Daralice, 'Top Teachers #2: Cranbrook Comes Back', Interiors, New York, September 1982, pp.130-131, p. 143.

Braybrooke, Susan, 'Cranbrook at Sixty', Print Magazine, New York, November/December 1985.

Brown, Patricia Leigh, 'A Working Retreat That's User-Friendly', The New York Times, Thursday, August 11, 1988, pp. C1, C6.

Cato, Ken, ed., 'Katherine McCoy', First Choice, Graphic-sha Publishing Company, Tokyo, 1989, pp. 160-161.

Carter, Day and Meggs, 'An Exhibition Catalog for FLUXUS ETC', Typographic Design: Form and Communication, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1985, pp. 26-128.

Carter, Day and Meggs, 'Experimental Compositions with Found Typography', Typographic Design: Form and Communication, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 1985, p. 112.

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Currimbhoy, Nayana, 'Out on the Tiles: Casa Aperta', Interiors, New York, August 1989, pp. 118-119.

Dal Canto, Chiara, and Dona, Claudia, 'Donna E Progetto: Katherine McCoy', Interni, Milan, July/August 1985, p. 23.

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Freiman, Ziva & Staskoski, David, 'Machines Talk Back', Metropolitan Home, New York, November 1988, vol. XX no. 11, pp. 175-183.

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Hayashi, Eizi, ed., 'Design School Cranbrook Academy of Art', Axis Quarterly, Tokyo, Spring 1987, vol. 23, pp. 82-85.

Henrion, FHK, 'Katherine McCoy', AGI Annals, Alliance Graphique Internationale, Zurich, 1989, p.223.

Hinkka, Jorma, 'Maailman vaarallisin graafisen suunnittelun akatemia', Graphia, Helsinki, Finland, May 1993, pp.16-19.

Igarashi, Takenobu, ed., 'Katherine & Michael McCoy', Idea Special Issue: Mid-American Graphic Designers, Tokyo, 1982, pp. 78-83.

Idea Special Issue, 'Katherine McCoy', Women Designers of America, Tokyo, 1988, pp. 16-17.

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McQuiston, Liz, 'USA: Katherine McCoy', Women in Design: A Contemporary View, Rizzoli, New York, 1988, pp. 70-73.

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Who's Who in Graphic Art, 2nd edition, 'Katherine McCoy', De Clivo Press, Zurich, Switzerland, 1983, p. 797.

Wild, Lorraine, 'Transgression and Delight: Graphic Design at Cranbrook', Cranbrook Design: The New Discourse, Rizzoli International, New York 1990, pp. 230-36.

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WRITINGS BY KATHERINE McCOY

McCoy, Katherine, 'American Graphic Design Expression: The Evolution of American Typography', Design Quarterly 149, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1990, pp. 3-22.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Another take on our fiber habit', Statements, The American Center for Design, vol. 6, issue 3, Spring 1991, pp.6-7.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Careers by Design', How Magazine, vol 13, no 5, October 1998, p. 78.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Chairman's Essay', Fourteenth Annual American Center for Design 100 Show and Design Year in Review, The American Center for Design, Chicago, 1992, pp.8-10.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Changing Values and the Role of Industrial Design in a Postindustrial Era', Design News 197, Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization, Tokyo, 1988, pp. 62-66.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Changing Values and the Role of Industrial Design in a Postindustrial Era', Design News 198, Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization, Tokyo, 1988, pp. 64-66.

McCoy, Katherine, 'The Character of the Eighties', Design News 162-163, Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization, Tokyo, 1984, pp. 42-45.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Countering the Tradition of the Apolitical Designer', Design Renaissance: Selected Papers from the International Design Congress, Jeremy Myerson, ed., Open Eye Publishing, West Sussex, England, 1994, pp. 105-114.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Cutting Through the Aspen Conference', AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, New York, vol 6, no 3, 1988, p. 10.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Design in Japan: Two Viewpoints', innovation: Design in the International Context, The Industrial Designers Society of America, McLean VA, Spring 1985, pp. 13-16.

McCoy, Katherine, Design in Michigan 1967-1977, Wayne State University Press, Detroit MI, 1978.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Foreward', Design in the Information Environment, Patrick Whitney, ed., Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1985, pp.1-7.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Digital Graphic Education', Statements, The American Center for Design, vol. 5, issue 2, Spring 1990, p. 5.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Digital Typography', How Magazine, Cincinnati, March/April 1992, vol. 7, no. 3, p. 104.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Education and Professionalism in Graphic Design', Choosing Design: How Business, Institutions, and Designers Shape the World We See, Larsen, Quimby, Marquardt, eds., The Core of Understanding Book Project, Minneapolis, Minnesota 1991, pp. 31-35.

Katherine McCoy, 'Education in an Adolescent Profession', The Education of a Designer, Heller, Steven, ed, Allworth Press, New York, 1998, pp. 3 - 12.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Education in an Adolescent Profession', Graphic Design: World Views, Jorge Frascara, ed., ICOGRADA, Kodansha, Tokyo, 1990, pp. 190-196.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Establishing a Design Career', Graphic Design Career Guide 2, James Craig, ed., Watson Guptill, New York, 1992, p. 110.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Ethics and Graphic Design: Educating a New Professional', Statements, The American Center for Design, vol. 6, issue 2, Winter 1991, pp.6-9.

McCoy, Katherine, associate producer, 'Future Wave: Japan Design', a half hour television documentary, copyright 1986 John David Rabinovitch producer and distributor.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Graphic Design in a Multicultural World', How Magazine, Cincinnati, April 1995, pp.146-151.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Graphic Design Education in Midstream', Statements, The Society of Typographic Arts, vol. 4, issue 1, Fall 1988, pp.1-2.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Graphic design: sources of meaning in word & image', Word & Image Special Issue, Taylor & Francis Ltd, London, 1988, vol 4 no 1, pp. 116-130.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Graphic design to believe in', Design Review: The Journal of the Chartered Society of Designers, London, vol 3, issue 12, 1994, pp. 24-29.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Industrial Design in the Post Industrial Age', IDSA innovation, The Industrial Designers Society of America, McLean VA, Fall 1984, pp. 4-6.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Graphic Discourse: It is the world of words that creates the world of things....', Typography New Era New Language, Michael Gorman, ed., Righton Press, Manchester, England, 1964, pp. 4-6.

McCoy, Katherine, et al, 'IDSA's Second 15 Years: The Presidents Remember', IDSA Innovation, The Industrial Designers Society of America, McLean VA, vol 14 no 3, p. 15.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Landscape of the Future: Speculations on the Post-Industrial Age', innovation: Future Culture, Information and Imagery in a New Age, The Industrial Designers Society of America, McLean VA, Spring 1986, pp. 2-5.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Media, Culture and Technology', IDSA Innovation, The Industrial Designers Society of America, McLean VA, vol 15 no 1, pp. 56-57.

McCoy, Katherine, ed., New Media for Designers, National Endowment for the Arts, Washington DC, 1984.

McCoy, Katherine , 'New Possibilities in the Teaching of Design', ICSID Design Milano, ADI-Assarredo, ed., Modo Grafie, Milano, 1984, vol. 3, p.67.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Professional design education: an opinion and a proposal', Design Issues, The MIT Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, vol VII, no 1,1990, pp. 20-22.

McCoy, Katherine, ed., Projects & Processes, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills MI, 1975.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Reconstructing Dutch Graphics', ID Magazine, New York, March/April 1984, pp. 38-43.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Rethinking Modernism, Revising Functionalism', 'Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design', Bierut, Drenttel, Heller & Holland, eds., Allworth Press, New York, 1994, p. 49.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Rethinking Rational Functionalism', AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, New York, vol 9, no 2, 1991, p. 7.

McCoy, Katherine, 'A Revolution in Values', innovation: Future Culture, Information and Imagery in a New Age, The Industrial Designers Society of America, McLean VA, Spring 1986, pp. 30-31.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Talking with Four Men Who Are Shaping Italian Design', ID Magazine, New York, September/October 1981, pp. 30-35.

McCoy, Katherine, 'Why the Walker show is excellent and other thoughts on graphic design history', Statements, The American Center for Design, vol. 6, no.1, Fall 1990, p. 6.

McCoy, Katherine & Michael, 'Design: Interpreter of the millennium'', U&lc, New York, vol 22 no 4 Spring 1996, pp. 4-5.

McCoy, Katherine & Michael, 'Good Partners: Theory and Practice at Cranbrook Academy of Art', Idea Special Issue: Mid American Graphic Designers, Tokyo, 1982, pp. 102-103.

McCoy, Katherine & Michael, 'Introduction: Design in The Information Age', The New American Design, Hugh Alderssey-Williams, ed., Rizzoli, New York, 1988, pp. 12-17.

McCoy, Katherine & Michael, 'The New Discourse', Cranbrook Design: The New Discourse, Rizzoli International, New York 1990, pp. 22-26.

McCoy, Katherine, with David Frej, 'Typography as Discourse', ID Magazine, New York, March/April 1988, pp. 34-37.

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