David Shields


David Shields is currently an Assistant Professor in the Graphic Design program at Old Dominion University, located in Norfolk, Virginia.

He holds a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in graphic design, and has been a working design professional since 1988 and design educator at the university level since 1992. Before joining the program at ODU, David was a Professor of Communication Design at Texas State University-San Marcos, where he taught courses in all areas and levels of the B.F.A. curriculum, with a special interest in foundations instruction, typography, book design, and portfolio development.

His career as a design professional has included professional positions ranging from entry level production to senior art director at firms in Nashville, Tennessee and Little Rock, Arkansas as well as twenty years as a commissioned independent print and digital designer. Both directly and through commissioned work with firms in Nashville, Little Rock, Austin, Dallas, Savannah, and Atlanta, he has worked for clients including TCBY, Planters Bank, the Winrock Foundation, Motorola, the Nickelodeon Network, Taco Bell, Sony Music Entertainment, Morrison’s Inc, the American Cancer Society, the Austin Museum of Art, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, the University of Texas Austin Press, Bloodshot Records, Universal Home Media, and Steidl, among others.

David’s work has been recognized in a variety of competitions, publications and exhibitions including: AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers, the International Bienale of Graphic Design Brno, Type Directors Club of New York Annual, Print Regional Design Annual, How International Design Annual, Communication Arts Design Annual, American Design awards, Communication Arts Typography Annual, and the GDUSA American Graphic Design Awards. His work in book design has also been included in design publications such as Handmade (Gingko Press) and Powerful Page Design (How Design Books) and in the library collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Butler Library, Columbia University (New York), among others.


  • Graphic Design
  • Letterpress