James A. Reeves is a writer, designer, and educator. Since 2001, he has worked with large agencies, non-profit organizations, and small businesses to develop visual identities, engagement strategies, digital materials, print campaigns, books, photographs, and text. Reeves believes that, as expressed in the First Things First Manifesto, graphic design is the creation and distribution of meaning. His work draws on his love affair with design history and he strives for functional simplicity, memorable photography, and strong text because content is king. Friendly service. Reasonable rates. No jargon. Inquire within.
Since 2004, James has taught graduate and undergraduate courses that address the making and understanding of our image world. He’s taught at Parsons School of Design and the Pratt Institute, and he currently teaches seminars in philosophy, the history of art, and the politics of design at Bard Early College. To date, he's driven 150,000 miles along the backroads of America. His first book, The Road to Somewhere: An American Memoir, was published by W. W. Norton. His second book, The Manufactured History of Indianapolis, offers a mythology of the Circle City. He is finishing his first novel, Tragic Lovers on the Radio. He lives in New Orleans.