Meaghan Barry
Assistant Professor of Graphic Design
Location : 319 Wilson Hall 
Phone : (248) 370-3379

MFA, 2D Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI

BFA, Communications Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 

Areas of Interest:
Graphic Design, Branding, Entrepreneurial Design, Social and Community-Based Design, Illustration, Physical Movement and the Creative Process

Courses Taught: 
DES 4999 Senior Thesis
DES 4430 Graphic Design III
DES 3950 Internship in Graphic Design
DES 3380 Community Design
DES 3370 Digital Illustration
DES 3360 Motion Graphics
DES 2230 Graphic Design I
AH  3530 History and Theory of Graphic Design


Judd Family Endowment Grant 2016-2017, The Fine Art of Persuasion: Corporate Advertising Design in Modern Japan by Dr. Gennifer S. Weisenfeld. Oakland University.

Faculty Research Award 2016, University Research Committee, “Design Portfolio Photography Update.” Oakland University.

Fellow, 2016 Design Incubation Fellowship, St. John’s University Manhattan Campus, Manhattan, NY. January 14–16, 2016. Peer Reviewed.

The Order of the Plume Teaching Award Recipient, 2015 and 2016.

High Impact Practices Teaching Grant, DES390 – Special Topics: Community Design Development for Winter 2015, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Oakland University.

Conferences and Oral Presentations:

Workshop Facilitator, Finding and Leveraging Your Through-Line, 2018 AIGA DEC Conference: Decipher, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, September 2018. Peer Reviewed.

Workshop Facilitator and Lecturer, Client Discovery and Briefing, Client Services Boot Camp, Detroit Creative Corridor Center, Detroit, MI. Fall 2018. Invited.

Speaker, GO Grandmont Rosedale, May Drinks x Design: Commerce Design, Grandmont Rosedale, Detroit, MI. May 2018.

Workshop Facilitator and Lecturer, Working Healthy, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Winter 2018. Invited.

Panelist (as Unsold Studio), Women Founders Panel, FLIGHT 2017: Midwest Start Up Conference, Akron, OH. Summer 2017. Peer Reviewed. 

Workshop Facilitator and Lecturer, Working Healthy, Detroit Center for Design and Technology, Detroit, MI. Summer 2017. Invited.

Workshop Facilitator and Lecturer at AIGA Frontier, Teaching a Healthier Creative Process, University of Montana–Bozeman, Bozeman, MT, October 2016. Peer Reviewed.

Speaker, Money Insane Runnin’ This Thang: Business Survival Skills, Mott Community College, Flint, MI. March 2016.

Workshop Facilitator and Lecturer, Discovery Session, Client Services Boot Camp, Detroit Creative Corridor Center, Detroit, MI. February 2016. Invited.

Salon Host featuring guest Lisa Waud, The Detroit Bluestockings Crew Salon Series, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI. February 2016. Invited.

Speaker, Creative Connect, Pure Michigan Business Connect and Michigan Film and Digital Media Office, Chrysler House, Detroit, MI. December 2015. Peer Reviewed.

Speaker, Graphic Design as a Means for Community Engagement. Albert L. Lorenzo Cultural Center, Macomb, MI. November 2015. Invited.

Workshop Facilitator and Lecturer, Proposal Development Session, Client Services Boot Camp, Detroit Creative Corridor Center, Detroit, MI. September 2015. Invited.

Workshop Facilitator and Lecturer, Proposal Development Session, Client Services Boot Camp, Detroit Creative Corridor Center, Detroit, MI. June 2015. Invited.

Presenter, Good For Everyone: Introducing Students to "Client-Speak" Through Community Engagement, RGD Design Educators Conference (in conjunction with Design Thinkers Conference), Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 2014. Peer Reviewed.

Lecturer: Tightrope, Oakland University, 2013.

Speaker and Panelist: What Everyone Should Know About Graphic Design, MI-ACET, 2013.

Arts and Culture Session: University Partners of Detroit, 2012.

Guest Critic: Lawrence Technological University, 2011-2012.

Pratt Institute, 2011.

Recent Exhibitions:

ICON10 Conference Group Show, Red Bull House of Art, Detroit, MI. July 2018. Juried.

Cranbrook Academy of Art Alumni Show, Honigman & Associates, Detroit, MI. Fall 2017–Present. Invited.

Form Ever Follows, shown at the Peter Paul Luce Gallery at Cornell College, Vernon, IA. 2016

Employees Only, shown at the Oakland University Art Gallery at Oakland University, Rochester, MI, 2015

Historic Tower Automotive Building, Toronto, CA, 2013

Fourth Annual Art Spin Exhibition, 2013

Studio Couture, Detroit, MI, Doing It, Doing It, and Doing It Well, 2013

4 Square, 2012

CreativID, 2012

Into the Network (part of the Detroit Design Festival), 2011 

22 Berwyn, Berywn, IL, Modular 22, 2012 

Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Open, 2012 

Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI, Off the Wall 3, 2012

RAW (Curated by Butter Projects), 2012

How the Sausage is Made, 2011

Google 2D Naked, 2010 

Manhattan Center, Manhattan, NY, Pratt Show (Juried Exhibition), 2010

Scholarly Periodicals:

Barry, Meaghan. “Race to the Long: Elliott Earls in Conversation with Meaghan Barry.” Design and Culture: Journal of the Design Studies Forum. March 2017. Peer reviewed.


"2018 Commerce Design: Detroit", Nominee, (Winner to be announced in October 2018) New Order Coffee Roasters

Presented by AIA Detroit (American Institute of Architects), Design Core Detroit, and Presenting Sponsor Bank of America

Select Client List:

Culture Lab Detroit (Birmingham, MI)

David Stark Design and Production (Brooklyn, NY)

Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, MI)

Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation (Detroit, MI)

Insider (New York, NY)

Kresge Arts in Detroit (Detroit, MI)

Kresge Foundation (Troy, MI)

Lady of the House (Detroit, MI)

Midtown Detroit, Inc (Detroit, MI)

New Order Coffee Roasters (Detroit, MI)

Will Leather Goods (Eugene, OR)