Brian McMullen

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Brian McMullen is an artist and writer who lives and works in Bayview, San Francisco. He was the lead art director and a senior editor at McSweeney's for many years, until 2014.

In 2011, he founded the company's widely praised children's book series, McSweeney's McMullens.

His work as a designer, art director, and editor of books and magazines has received an array of industry awards, and has been collected & selected for exhibition by institutions including the Cooper Hewitt (Smithsonian Design Museum), MoMA, AIGA, and Walker Art Center.

Prior to McSweeney's, he worked as a designer and editor at Cabinet magazine and BOMB magazine in Brooklyn, NY. He was also part of the small team at McSweeney's that launched Lucky Peach, a magazine that has significantly influenced the visual and editorial direction of contemporary food publishing.

His writing and artwork have been collected in The Best of McSweeney's, Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine, and Not Normal, IL. His picture book Hang Glider & Mud Mask (co-created with CCA alum Jason Jägel) was published in 2012 to a mix of acclaim and confusion.

With his wife Katie, he operates a small clothing company called Pantalaine, specializing in clothes made to be worn by two or more people at the same time.

In 2015, VICE invited him to begin writing an irregular short fiction feature. Here's one of those pieces.

His most recent book, THE BOX, was published by Chronicle Books in spring 2017.

He has designed miscellaneous projects for Converse, ESPN (for which he was founding art director of Grantland Quarterly), Trek, Island Records, and filmmakers Judd Apatow and Spike Jonze.

He was invited to begin teaching at CCA in 2013, following several guest lectures and a CCA-student-curated exhibition of his creative work.

He is also a dad.

Adjunct Professor, Graphic Design
Adjunct Professor, Illustration

BA, Indiana University