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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 experimental 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 to 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. Over five years at RISD he developed a particular focus on graphic design, even typography, as inherently spatial disciplines, with a combined undergrad and grad elective class called “X, Y, and Z: Graphic Design in Space.” He has now returned to his role as a thesis critic for RISD’s Graphic Design MFA programme. James has previously taught at Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem, The Netherlands, and at ÉCAL (École cantonale d’art de Lausanne) in Switzerland, and served as an external examiner for London College of Communication.
James has exhibited at museums and institutions worldwide and run workshops, lectured, and visited as critic at architecture, art, and design schools in Europe, the US, and Australasia. He contributes writing to a range of international publications, and serves on the editorial board of (and art directs) Chicago-based architecture magazine Flat Out and on the advisory board of New York art and culture magazine Feeeels.
James was elected a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale in 2010 and also holds memberships with AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), AGDA (Australian Graphic Design Association), DINZ (Designers Institute of New Zealand), ICRA (International Catalogue Raisonné Association), and SEGD (Society for Experiential Graphic Designs). Works by Practise are included in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Design Archive, the Design Museum of Chicago, and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
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