Associate Professor of Practice, Design

Graduate Chair

Fellow to the Foxworth Centennial Fellowship

James Walker is a graphic designer. He received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), where he focused on a number of issues within the city of Richmond from bicycle abandonment to ongoing conflicts with Confederate sympathizers.

He runs a design practice (, creating award-winning work for institutions, musicians, and businesses such as Subaru of America, The 442s, Poler Stuff, Subtropolis, Facebook, Thirsty Planet Brewing Company, Moist Flesh, Brooklyn Art Library, Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis, and the John Dos Passos family. His work ranges from built environments, branding and identity, websites, illustration, product photography, to printed matter such as books, posters, and packaging.

Walker's work has been featured in a number of publications and books, won numerous design awards from Communication Arts and AIGA, was part of larger collective projects that are now in the permanent collection of MOMA, the Brooklyn Museum, and the Library of Congress. He has been invited to speak about his work at TEDx, TypeCon, AIGA, and a number of universities. 

He is the co-founder of Type Hike (, a nonprofit, collaborative poster project aimed at celebrating our natural wonders. Started in 2016 to celebrate the National Park Centennial, it has raised tens of thousands of dollars to support charitable partners such as the National Park Service, Defenders of Wildlife, Gateway Arch Park Foundation, and Space Camp. The project has worked with nearly 200 designers, produced three books, and held poster exhibitions across the country.

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