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 A Thousand Several (solo, 2010) at 871 Fine Arts in San Francisco, Poems and Pictures (group, 2010) at the Center for Book Art in New York, and The World As Text (group, 2011) at Columbia College in Chicago.

Her writing on design has been featured in Visible Language and Design and Culture. A second edition of Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide, which she cowrote and designed with Johanna Drucker, will be published by Prentice Hall in 2012.

Associate Professor, Graphic Design
Associate Professor, Design
Associate Professor, Writing


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