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Joseph Quackenbush

Joseph Quackenbush
Chair, Professor
Tower 633B

Joseph A. Quackenbush is a Professor of Graphic Design at The Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts USA where he teaches courses in typography, interaction design, information architecture, design research, and professional practice. He becomes the chairperson of the Graphic Design department in the summer of 2016. He is also the coordinator of the Dynamic Media Institute, MassArt’s MFA program in interaction and communication design. He teaches seminars on the history of dynamic media and oversees the one year writing program for MFA candidates.

He has spoken at numerous conferences including: AIGA Schools of Thoughts II in Pasadena, CA; Imagine IT, Bologna, Italy; AIGA Massaging Media 2 Conference, Boston, MA; and the New Views II Conference, London, UK. He is the co-founder and lead design faculty for The Creative Continuum: Business and the Creative Process, a three week design thinking and business program for artists and designers sponsored by MassArt and Bentley University. Since 1997, he has been the president of Jam Design an interactive and print studio based outside Boston.

MFA. Graphic Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, 1996; BA English, Oakland University, Rochester, MI, 1983
Professional Experience: 

Design clients include: 

  • Akamai Technologies
  • Arthur Andersen
  • Big Picture Company
  • Boston Athenaeum
  • Bryant University
  • ITT Flow Control
  • Rhode Island Small Business Development Center
  • Sarnoff Corporation
  • Stainless Steel Studios
  • The Center for Design and Business
  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • The New York Times
  • Primary Source
  • The Rhode Island School of Design
  • Second Nature
  • The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education


  • 2013 - Selections, Faculty Exhibit, Massachusetts College of Art
  • 2006 - Faculty Exhibit, Massachusetts College of Art 
  • 2003 - Faculty Biennial, Rhode Island School of Design
  • 1996 - Exhibit for cabaret production of “Ubu Roi,” Rhode Island School of Design
  • 1996 - Graduate Exhibition, Rhode Island School of Design