Brett MacFadden

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Brett MacFadden is a partner in the San Francisco-based design studio MacFadden & Thorpe, and has taught in the Graphic Design and Design MFA programs at CCA since 2010. His typography-focused work has been recognized by numerous publications and posts, and has been shown at the Herb Lubalin Center of Design and Typography in New York; the International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, Czech Republic; and in the 2014 international graphic design exhibition, All Possible Futures, in San Francisco.

MacFadden & Thorpe’s work encompasses a broad swath of clients and project types, including publication, branding, digital, and experimental typography. They design the Member's Magazine for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; created the website for arts organization Southern Exposure; and made an iPad book for Autodesk. With The Thing Quarterly they’ve collaborated with many prominent artists, writers and filmmakers, such as Mike Mills, James Franco, Starlee Kine, and David Shrigley; as well as on art projects with Nike and Levi’s Made & Crafted. In 2013 they created the publishing house Plumb, with the artist Tucker Nichols and publisher Knock-Knock.

As a teacher, Brett emphasizes the zone in which high craft and the conceptual meet, with the ultimate goal of creating work that’s aesthetically-compelling, intellectually-challenging, and sometimes just weird. A foundation of skill, steeped in adventure, provides the loam for a rich professional practice.




Adjunct Professor, Graphic Design
Adjunct Professor, Design

BS, Ohio University; MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art