Chris Corneal is Associate Professor of Graphic Design in the Department of Art, Art History, and Design at Michigan State University. He received his BFA in Graphic Design from Western Kentucky University and his MFA in Graphic Design from University of Memphis.
Throughout his career, Prof. Corneal has continued to work as a freelance graphic designer, while also volunteering his design services for several non-profits. His work has been published in numerous award annuals and juried books, including: Graphis, Logo Lounge 5, Logoliscious, American Corporate Identity, American Graphic Design and Advertising 25, The Means By Which We Find Our Way, The Creativity Awards Annual, 1000 Handmade Greeting Cards, Graphic Design USA, The New Big Book of Layouts, The Big Book of Design Ideas 3 and The Big Book of Logos 5. Prof. Corneal’s work has also been shown nationally and internationally in several juried exhibitions including: I Profess: The Graphic Design Manifesto, New Views 2: Conversations and Dialogues in Graphic Design, The Means By Which We Find Our Way, De:(Kon’strukt’), A Mad Tea (Towel) Party, Sound and Fury: The Fine Art of Rock Posters and Adversary: A Touring Exhibition (of) Contesting Graphic Design.
Prof. Corneal has presented refereed papers at national and international conferences hosted by College Art Association, University of the Arts-London and University of Minnesota. Student projects completed in Prof. Corneal’s design courses have been recognized nationally in Print Magazine, How Magazine, American Corporate Identity and Big Idea Magazine.
Most of my research in the field of graphic design shares one underlying theme: My belief in the social responsibility of graphic design. Successful graphic design is the creation of motivational, and sometimes educational, propaganda. With the power to create work that may be mechanically reproduced to be viewed by thousands or even millions of people, graphic design has an obligation to use that power responsibly.
In my research, I attempt to integrate my design philosophy of social responsibility with my freelance work, my pro-bono work and my more personal social-justice works. I am very lucky in my current position, as it allows me the luxury of accepting commissions with which I identify in some way. I especially enjoy projects that require me to condense challenging layered subtext of social justice themes into succinct metaphoric visual communication.