Emily McVarish

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Emily McVarish is a writer, designer, and book artist who lives and works in San Francisco.

Her work has been published by Granary Books and is held by major museums and libraries, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s artist’s book collection, Harvard University’s Printing and Graphic Arts Collection, and the British Library’s American Collections.

Emily’s recent exhibitions include Historic Futures: Artists Reinvent the Book (2016–2017) at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco and Reading With the Senses (2016) at Lesley University College of Art and Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In collaboration with Johanna Drucker, she co-authored Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide published by Prentice Hall. Her critical writing has been featured in Visible Language, Design and Culture and, most recently, “Typography in Media Historical Perspective,” a special issue of Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis.

Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Associate Professor, Design


BA, University of California, Berkeley; MA, Camberwell College of Art, London