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Instructor, Design History and Criticism

Robert Baxter


Robert Baxter is an independent designer, publisher, and public academic—he specializes in typography, history, and pedagogy. The existential questions of contemporary design are of particular interest to him: Where do we come from? What are the philosophical and ethical underpinnings of our work? Why do we design? For what purpose and to what end? He lectures on typographic history, publishing practice, and approaches to design learning and making. Outside of teaching he is currently building a small publishing practice through which he creates resources for education and criticism and collects documents of design. Prior experience in the industry includes leading teams in interaction design, strategy, research, and process development.

He has worked in and around the Cornish community since graduating from the design program in 2015. Local book projects include Writing for the Design Mind, Parallel Narratives, and Points: Recommended Readings to Build Typographic Competency.


BFA, Design
Cornish College of the Arts