Tom Starr

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Thomas Starr

Professor – Design

Before working as a professor of Graphic Design at Northeastern University, Thomas Starr taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and Massachusetts College of Art. He holds a BFA in Industrial Design from Parsons School of Design and a MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University. His research focuses on the civic and social function of graphic design, which he addresses in history and in practice. His work challenges public perception of issues such as gun violence, domestic violence, reproductive rights, and AIDS. Starr’s visual work has been published in the US, as well as Britain, Holland, Switzerland, and Japan. He has received awards from The American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Art Directors Club of New York, The International Biennale of Graphic Design in Brno, The International Poster Biennale in Warsaw, The International Poster Festival in Chaumont, and the Federal Design Council. His Boston firm, The Cultural Construction Co., designs for non-profit institutions.

Selected publications include “The Real Declaration,” The Boston Globe; Journal of AIGA Boston Boston: American Institute of Graphic Arts
Boston; and The Populist Declaration,” Lynn Neary, Talk of the Nation, National Public Radio.

Awards and Honors 

  • AIGA Best of New England Biennial, 2009, 2011, 2013
  • Print Regional Annual, 2007, 2011, 2012
  • One Show, Merit Award, 2007
  • Association of American University Presses, 2007
  • AIGA Best of New England Biennial, Best of Show, 2007
  • Society for Environmental Graphic Design, 2007
  • New England Book Show, 2007


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