Originally from Oklahoma, David studied graphic design in Dallas, Texas where he lived and worked as a designer and educator for 15 years. David received his MFA in Communication Design from the University of North Texas. He also has an MA in Graphic Design from Texas Woman's University, a BS in Marketing from Oklahoma State University and an AA in Visual Communications from the Art Institute of Dallas. He began his teaching career in 1994 at the Art Institute of Dallas (including one year at the Art Institute of Seattle) followed by faculty positions at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, and Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. David then served as Chair of the Department of Art (and Professor of Design) at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, and then Professor of Design and Chair of the Graphic Design Program at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Denver, Colorado. David also Chaired and helped develop the online BFA program, and the MA online program that he developed in Design Strategy + Innovation at RMCAD. David has also taught numerous online classes for Central Washington University, RMCAD, Southern New Hampshire University, the NewSchool of Architecture and Design in San Diego, CA, the BTK College of Design in Berlin, Germany, and the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies in Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India. David now serves as an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Central Washington University, where he has been since 2013.
David has received many national and international awards and recognition for his graphic design work, which has been published in Graphis (Poster Annual 2004, Poster Annual 2017, Poster Annual 2019, Poster Annual 2021, Logo/Letterhead Annual 9), Logo Lounge (Logo Lounge 9, Logo Lounge Master Library Shape & Symbols Logos), Creative Quarterly Magazine No. 34 & 35, Creative Quarterly Best Of Annual 2014, the Summit International Awards (2015, 2016, 2019), and Design Principles and Practices Journal. David has also served as a member of the panel of jurors for the Summit International Awards, and also as a juror for Posters of Tomorrow. David’s poster design work has been exhibited internationally, where he has also been asked to give designer talks, critiques and lectures to classes and students, and a variety of presentations on design and typography. He has presented scholarly papers on a variety of design-related issues at national and international conferences, and he maintains a current professional design practice with clients around the United States. His most recent project “the United Colors of the Apocalypse” was featured in American Prospect Magazine, and also mentioned in the New Yorker Magazine.
David's former students, most of which he is still in contact with (over 25 years), have won numerous awards and accolades, and work around the world as graphic designers, art directors, user interface and user experience designers, web designers, branding specialists, editorial designers, motion graphics designers, digital illustrators, production specialists, and professional studio owners.