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Douglass Scott

Douglass Scott is an Associate Teaching Professor who teaches courses in graphic design, information design, typography, and graphic design history. For 35 years he was a graphic designer and creative director at WGBH Boston, a public television and radio producer and broadcaster. He has designed over 200 books for various publishers and is consulting creative director of Davis Publications, an art education publisher in Worcester.

He has been teaching since 1973 at schools such as Rhode Island School of Design, Yale University, Connecticut College, University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth, Harvard University, Maine College of Art, and Rhode island College. Scott is a frequent lecturer on design and design history, and has given over 260 lectures at various colleges and symposia since 1978. He is a curator and designer of many exhibitions dealing with design history.


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  • M.F.A., Yale University
  • Studied the history of graphic design with Louis Danziger at Harvard University
  • B.Arch., University of Nebraska
  • Graduate work in photography, art history, and design at Nebraska


  • Douglass Scott was the recipient of Northeastern University’s College of Art, Media, and Design Excellence in Teaching Award in 2019
  • In 2016, he was was honored as a Fellow of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Boston chapter
  • In 2011, he won the John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching at Rhode Island School of Design
  • Since 1975, Scott has won over 140 awards for his design work from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Boston and New York Advertising Clubs, Society of Typographic Arts, The Boston Advertising Club Hatch Awards, The National Association of Educational Broadcasters, and PBS Ad and Promotion Awards