• Art + Design

Douglass Scott

Associate Teaching Professor

Douglass Scott, senior lecturer at Northeastern University, designer, and senior critic was, until January 2010, Creative Director at the WGBH Educational Foundation in Boston – a producer and broadcaster of public television and radio programs, where he had worked since 1974. He currently runs a book design practice, makes collages and assemblages, and consults as Creative Director of Davis Publications, an art education publisher in Worcester, Massachusetts. He has designed books for many publishers, including Little, Brown; Houghton Mifflin; and Alfred A. Knopf.

Other clients include Suffolk University, Emmanuel College, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, and Harvard University’s School of Public Health and John F. Kennedy School of Government. He has designed exhibitions for the Boston Public Library, Museum of African American History, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Nebraska State Historical Society, and the National Park Service.

Scott also teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design (since 1980) and the Yale University School of Art (since 1984). In the past, he has taught at the University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth, Rhode Island College, Connecticut College, Boston Architectural Center, Harvard University, and Maine College of Art. In 2011, he was the recipient of the John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching at Rhode Island School of Design.

Since 1978, Scott has given over 200 lectures on the history of design and printing, as well as on his own work at various colleges, universities and symposia. He was a curator of the history of American typography section of the 1989 exhibition Graphic Design In America, which opened at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and traveled to Phoenix, New York City, and London; and curated and co-designed The Roots of Modern American Graphic Design, a 1987 exhibition at the Art Institute of Boston. He has been a visiting critic at over 35 colleges and art schools.

Scott’s design work has won hundreds of awards from many organizations, including the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Society of Typographic Arts, Boston Hatch Awards, and the New York and Boston Art Directors’ Clubs. He served on the AIGA national board of directors from 1989–1992; holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Nebraska and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale University; and has studied the history of graphic design with Louis Danziger at Harvard University.


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  • AIGA Boston Fellow Award: 2016