FA Massachusetts College of Art and Design
MFA Boston University
Richard B. Doubleday is a graphic designer and educator with a specific interest in history. He is an associate professor of graphic design in the College of Art & Design and held a Fulbright Fellowship where he was a Senior Scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. His research lies in charting and examining the dramatic change in contemporary graphic design that has flourished when China adopted a market-oriented economy in the aftermath of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. Doubleday’s research reveal’s contemporary Chinese graphic design activities profound affect on the developing contemporary visual language of design in China in an aesthetic, economic, cultural, and design historical context.
Doubleday has more than 20 years of professional experience working at notable design firms and national research institutions including the Harvard/MIT Cooperative Society, Spaulding Printers, Gary Fujiwara Design, Rothman Partners, Inc. Architects, and Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a United States Department of Defense research and development center. His industry experience has served as a platform for his academic career.
Doubleday has taught workshops around the world including China, Ecuador, Mexico, and Peru and has led study abroad programs in China, London, and The Netherlands. He has exhibited his poster designs at many local, national, and international events and competitions around the globe including the Golden Bee, Moscow Biennial of Graphic Design, Ecuador Poster Biennial, and the International Poster Triennial in Toyama, Japan.
Doubleday has presented lectures and papers on his research in motion graphics, contemporary cultural identity, and graphic design history at recent meetings in China with the support of the Institute of International Education (IIE) and East Asia-Pacific Regional Travel Program, American Indonesian Exchange Foundation (AMINEF). He has also presented papers on his fieldwork at current conferences of international biennials of the poster and regionally at SECAC (formerly the Southeastern College Art Conference).
Doubleday is a contributing author of Dialectic, a scholarly journal of thought leadership, education and practice in the discipline of visual communication design (Ann Arbor, MI, USA: Michigan publishing, 2017), Graphic: 500 Designs that Matter (London, UK: Phaidon Press, 2017), Ornament and Initial: Beauty of Graphic Design, 17-20th Century (Tokyo: PIE Books, 2014) The Phaidon Archive of Design (London, UK: Phaidon Press, 2012), Jan Tschichold, Master Typographer: His Life, Work and Legacy (London, UK: Thames and Hudson, 2008), and Typo-Graphics: Hideki Nakajima (Tokyo: Seibundo Shinkosha, 2008). He has been published extensively in leading graphic design journals and is currently researching and writing Visual Communication Design, Encyclopedia of China (Beijing: Encyclopedia of China Publishing House ECPH and Tsinghua University). At the present time, Doubleday is pursuing a Doctorate of Design (DDes) in Cultural Preservation.