David Shields, Department Chair


David Shields is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Graphic Design at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Previously David was an Associate Professor of Design at The University of Texas at Austin where he served as the Head of the Design Program and as the Design Custodian for the Rob Roy Kelly American Wood Type Collection. Before joining the UT Faculty in 2004, David lived in Brooklyn, NY, and taught at a number of institutions in the New York region including Rutgers, SVA, Pratt, and University of the Arts.

In 2000 he partnered with Jennifer Elsner to form Viewers Like You, a full-service design studio that continues to provide creative consultancy for both graphic and editorial communications and specializes in branding and positioning of both start-ups and established companies.

David’s work has been published in Rethinking Design, AIGA Fifty Books of the Year, Behind the Seen: Studio Dumbar, and has appeared in periodicals including Eye, Emigre, and Print Magazine. His work is also included in the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum and Museum of Modern Art.

David is currently focusing his research on 19th century typographic form and visual culture arising from investigations of Rob Roy Kelly’s American Wood Type Collection. He keeps a slow blog of his research at Wood Type Research and on Instagram at @19cWT.

Shields holds a BFA from Memphis State University and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

dwshields@vcu.edu | 804.828.1709