James Walker is a Graphic Designer who spends half his time teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. 



James Walker

Walker has a background ranging from built environments, branding, illustration, and interaction. His work has been featured in several publications and books; was part of larger collective projects that are now in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, MOMA, and the Brooklyn Museum; and has won several design-focused awards from organizations such as the AIGA and Communication Arts.

He received his MFA in Visual Communication and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University. As an educator, he lectures on design and interaction at The University of Texas at Austin and previously taught at Washington University in Saint Louis.

On the side, he cofounded the type-focused nonprofit, Type Hike,  alongside David Rygiol. The project is a collaborative, type-focused poster project benefitting America's natural wonders, originating to celebrate the National Park Centennial. 




Type Hike
Scroll Slow
Dead Bicycles


Branding & Identity
Packaging & Books
Illustration & Copywriting
Exhibits & Spaces
Physical & Digital

Selected Clients:
Poler Stuff, Facebook, Subaru of America, The Contemporary Art Museum of Saint Louis, Brooklyn Art Library, The John Dos Passos family, The University of Texas at Austin, Blanton Museum of Art, Virginia State University


2019, Gateway Arch with Type Hike
2018, Kansas City Art Institute with Type Hike
2018, University of Missouri St. Louis with Type Hike
2017, HMCT Art Center with Type Hike
2017, Type Director's Club with Type Hike
2017, Dribbble: Timeout
2017, The Lettermaker, An Essay about Chaos
2016, FastCo Design, Feature
2016, Illustration & Packaging, Selected Work
2016, Artists & Innovators, Interview
2016, Communication Arts Fresh, Interview
2016, Communication Arts Type Annual 6
2015, Printeresting: Ghosts
2015, Affiche 2
2015, AIGA 20
2015, Novum Magazine, Interview
2015, International Design Award
2015, Gallery Magazine Feature
2015, Bells & Whistles, Selected Work
2015, Logo Lounge 9, Selected Work
2015, GDUSA
2014, It's Nice That: Record of the Year
2014, Creative Review Magazine
2014, Typographica Ficciones
2014, AIGA 19
2013, AIGA Grade 7

Work has been featured on/in:
It's Nice That, Dwell Magazine, AIGA Eye on Design, FastCo, HOW, Étapes, The Egotist, Design Observer, Creative Review, Type Director's Club, Communication Arts, Under Consideration: FPO, Crap=Good, Dribbble, Hunt, Curbed, Packaging of the World, River Front Times, Creative Bloq, Gizmodo, The Manual, Popular Mechanics Magazine, Oh Beautiful Beer, Laughing Squid, Artists & Innovators


2018, University of Missouri St. Louis
2018, Kansas City Art Institute
2018, Utah Valley University
2018, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
2018, Nicholls State University
2018, Western Kentucky University
2018, HMCT Art Center with Type Hike
2017, AIGA Louisville : Design Show Judge
2017, Pecha Kucha #28, Austin, Texas
2017, University of Texas: Type Hike
2017, AIGA Louisville : Type Hike
2017, TypeCon: Counter!
2017, Wichita State University
2017, Mississippi State University
2016, Lindenwood University
2016, Hack TX, Design Hack Expo Judge
2016, University of West Georgia
2016, AIGA St. Louis Student Conference
2016, Mississippi State University Design Show Judge
2015, Lindenwood University
2015, Washington University Saint Louis
2015, AIGA Design Conference, New Orleans
2014, Lindenwood University
2013, The 2nd Global [Visual Culture] Symposium
2013, TEDxRVA