Positions

Overview

  • With over 25 years of professional graphic design experience, his international clients included, Mars, Inc., VISA International, Kraft Foods, and Banco Popular. His award-winning work has been featured in many design publications, including Communication Arts, LogoLounge No.7, and HOWs Mastering Type.

    Barrett was recognized as one of the University of Florida's, Graduate Teachers of the year in 2006, and co-directed UF's Tokyo Study Abroad program from 2008 - 2010. In 2012 he was awarded a prestigious Alabama State Arts Fellowship in Design and was the recipient of a Sappi - Ideas That Matter grant. In 2016 he received the UAB President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in the College of Arts and Sciences.

    His work has been recognized with several local Addy awards in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

    "As a professional graphic designer I am interested in the place that identity and branding create in the mind of consumers, specifically as it relates to logos. I have worked on several branding projects for local companies, and a large-scale regional branding for 8 counties in the state of Alabama. As an educator it is imperative that I continue my practice in the real-world of client-based projects. Maintaining a professional practice enriches my ability to teach a living-model of graphic design."
  • Research Overview

  • Doug Barrett is an artist/graphic designer who thinks about the practices of commuting, rural spaces, agricultural processes, and how local visual culture is created through marks left by man. He explores mapping and (re)presenting found text and imagery in a way that talks about the constructed place. Signage, billboards, graffiti, and ephemera point to the visual culture embedded in our surroundings. His interest in this constructed place is tied to my belief that the spaces we use have a cultural impact on our world.

    He is interested in collecting, documenting and exploring evidence of the interaction between people and geography by curating the evidence of commercial occupation. Specifically, by examining how the hand of man marks, sorts, portions, and divides the landscape through the everyday use of these spaces; and how evidence of this interaction are left on the land. Many of these marks are found in the form of roadside vectors, railroad spurs, plowing, fencing, planting, and other traces of human interaction on the rural landscape.

    Barrett's objective is to create visible connections between material culture, place, and the inhabitants that create them. This visual narrative is informed by extensive collection, research, semiotics, mapping and personal exploration. Through the mode of “designer as author,” he creates a visual space that uses the powerful ability of images and local ephemera to tell a reflexive story in a visually poetic way.
    This work is collected and ordered in three ways; reflexive, historic and emotive. Reflexively through evidence of the hand or body directly on the landscape, historically through commercial signage and rural processes, and the emotive heritage of the southern landscape.

    Barrett is influenced by a wide-range of artists and writers. He is inspired by the work of Julie Mehretu, William Anastasi, Eugene Atget, Gaston Bachelard and Michel de Certeau. This inspiration comes from a shared experience of documenting something that is lost. As a southern artist, working in Alabama, Barrett is surrounded by spaces that are imbued with feelings of loss, nostalgia, regret and longing. The evidence he collects and records is ephemeral in nature and the abandoned condition in which many of these marks are found, confirm and expound the damaged narrative of the southern condition.
  • Teaching Overview

  • My efforts in mapping and documenting space led me to ideas of stewardship and caring for these places. I want young designers to understand the importance of community and how they can use the “Design for Good” model to care for local spaces and the people who call them home. I see this activity as a way to build community and foster under-served populations in Alabama, while transcending the typically commercial uses of graphic design.

    While at UAB I organized a small, student-run studio called BLOOM that takes on projects for non-profits, small businesses and local communities. Students work within the community, directly interacting with stakeholders as a way to explore and identify the true needs of the community. Once those needs are identified we work as a group using the designers toolset to addresses those needs. A typical outcome is an exploration document with examples of possible branding, identity, wayfinding, community development and marketing projects. These documents are more than traditional design. They become a roadmap of sorts that provides these communities an action plan that can then be used for grant writing and future planning. Clients included non-profit environmental groups and local community government.
  • Teaching Activities

  • ARS103 - Dig Imaging & Design Foundat (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • ARS450 - Advanced Graphic Design (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Spring Term 2020) 2020
  • ARS103 - Dig Imaging & Design Foundat (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • ARS350 - Graphic Design - Sp Top 1 (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • ARS490 - Independent Study - Studio Art (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • ARS495 - Special Topics-Interdisciplina (Fall Term 2019) 2019
  • ARS490 - Independent Study - Studio Art (Summer Term 2019) 2019
  • ARS352 - Grapic Design - Sp Top 3 (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • ARS490 - Independent Study - Studio Art (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Spring Term 2019) 2019
  • ARS103 - Dig Imaging & Design Foundat (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ARS250 - Experiential Graphic Design (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ARS490 - Independent Study - Studio Art (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ARS492 - Studio or Gallery Internship (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ARS495 - Special Topics-Interdisciplina (Fall Term 2018) 2018
  • ARS103 - Dig Imaging & Design Foundat (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • ARS350 - Graphic Design - Sp Top 1 (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • ARS450 - Advanced Graphic Design (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • ARS470 - Advanced Photography (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Spring Term 2018) 2018
  • ARS250 - Experiential Graphic Design (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • ARS492 - Studio or Gallery Internship (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • ARS495 - Special Topics-Interdisciplina (Fall Term 2017) 2017
  • ARS492 - Studio or Gallery Internship (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • ARS492 - Studio or Gallery Internship (Summer Term 2017) 2017
  • ARS351 - Graphic Design- Sp Top 2 (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • ARS490 - Independent Study - Studio Art (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • ARS492 - Studio or Gallery Internship (Spring Term 2017) 2017
  • ARS250 - Experiential Graphic Design (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ARS490 - Independent Study - Studio Art (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ARS495 - Special Topics-Interdisciplina (Fall Term 2016) 2016
  • ARS492 - Studio or Gallery Internship (Summer Term 2016) 2016
  • ARS450 - Advanced Graphic Design (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ARS490 - Independent Study - Studio Art (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ARS492 - Studio or Gallery Internship (Spring Term 2016) 2016
  • ARS103 - Dig Imaging & Design Foundat (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS250 - Experiential Graphic Design (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS490 - Independent Study - Studio Art (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS495 - Special Topics-Interdisciplina (Fall Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS395 - Spec Top in Studio Art: Inter (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS495 - Adv Spec Topics in Studio Art (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS595 - Art Studio Seminar (Summer Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS395 - Spec Top in Studio Art: Inter (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS490 - Ind Adv Study Studio Art - RES (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Spring Term 2015) 2015
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • ARS351 - Tech Process for Graph Design (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • ARS490 - Ind Adv Study Studio Art - RES (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Fall Term 2014) 2014
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • ARS103 - Intro Computer Graphics/Layout (Summer Term 2014) 2014
  • ARS103 - Intro Computer Graphics/Layout (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Spring Term 2014) 2014
  • ARS103 - Intro Computer Graphics/Layout (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • ARS351 - Tech Process for Graph Design (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • ARS490 - Ind Adv Study Studio Art - RES (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Fall Term 2013) 2013
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • ARS490 - Ind Adv Study Studio Art - RES (Summer Term 2013) 2013
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • ARS452 - Graphic Design Portfolio - RES (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • ARS490 - Ind Adv Study Studio Art - RES (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Spring Term 2013) 2013
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • ARS350 - Intermediate Graphic Design (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • ARS351 - Tech Process for Graph Design (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • ARS451 - Adv Graphic Design Projects (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • ARS490 - Ind Adv Study Studio Art - RES (Fall Term 2012) 2012
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • ARS490 - Ind Adv Study Studio Art - RES (Summer Term 2012) 2012
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • ARS252 - Intro to Typography (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • ARS351 - Tech Process for Graph Design (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • ARS490 - Ind Adv Study Studio Art - RES (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Spring Term 2012) 2012
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS350 - Intermediate Graphic Design (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS490 - Ind Adv Study Studio Art - RES (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Fall Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS490 - Ind Adv Study Studio Art - RES (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS490 - Ind Adv Study Studio Art - RES (Summer Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS351 - Tech Process for Graph Design (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS452 - Graphic Design Portfolio - RES (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS490 - Ind Adv Study Studio Art - RES (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Spring Term 2011) 2011
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • ARS350 - Intermediate Graphic Design (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • ARS352 - Typography (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • ARS490 - Ind Adv Study Studio Art - RES (Fall Term 2010) 2010
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Summer Term 2010) 2010
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • ARS351 - Tech Process for Graph Design (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • ARS458 - Spec Topics in Graphic Design (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • ARS491 - B.F.A. Exhibition - RES (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • ARS590 - Studio Problems (Spring Term 2010) 2010
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • ARS350 - Intermediate Graphic Design (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • ARS352 - Typography (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • ARS459 - Graphic Design Field Intern (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • ARS490 - Ind Adv Study Studio Art - RES (Fall Term 2009) 2009
  • ARS590 - Studio Problems (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Summer Term 2009) 2009
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • ARS351 - Tech Process for Graph Design (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • ARS452 - Graphic Design Portfolio - RES (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • ARS590 - Studio Problems (Spring Term 2009) 2009
  • ARS250 - Introduction to Graphic Design (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • ARS350 - Intermediate Graphic Design (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • ARS352 - Typography (Fall Term 2008) 2008
  • Education And Training

  • Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, University of Florida 2007
  • Full Name

  • Douglas Barrett