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James Goggin is a British and/or Australian graphic designer from London via Sydney, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Arnhem, Chicago, Providence, and Auckland. He received a masters in Graphic Design from the Royal College of Art in London and founded Practise upon graduation in 1999. Alongside Practise, James has worked as a consultant to Tate Modern and Tate Britain, art director of British avant-garde music magazine The Wire, and Director of Design and Publishing at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. He also designs type for various projects and clients, with a number of fonts available from Swiss foundry Lineto.
Having served as a Visiting Thesis Critic at Rhode Island School of Design from 2012–2016, James subsequently taught full-time in the RISD Graphic Design BFA and MFA programmes as an Assistant Professor (later Associate Professor) between 2016 and 2021. He now continues his longstanding relationship with RISD as a Thesis Advisor. James previously taught at Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem, The Netherlands, and at ÉCAL (École cantonale d’art de Lausanne) in Switzerland.
James has exhibited at museums and institutions worldwide and run workshops, lectured, and served as critic at architecture, art, and design schools in Europe, the US, and Australasia. He contributes writing to a range of international publications, serves on the editorial board of Chicago-based architecture magazine Flat Out and the advisory board of New York art and culture magazine Feeeels, and was inducted as a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale in 2010. Works by Practise are included in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Chicago Design Archive.
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