Merrick S. Henry

Merrick S. Henry

Merrick S. Henry

  • B.A., Kansas Wesleyan University
  • M.F.A., Kansas State University
First year at SCAD:

"Typography has given me the opportunity to communicate and relate to my students through rigorous analysis and research. Through typography, students are able to create unique expressions through individual explorations while understanding the true vernacular of typography in the field of graphic design. My teaching focuses on an open communication through presentation, research materials, project definition development and critiques. Professionally, I want to share my experiences from my travels here and abroad in order to encourage students to become life-long learners who will contribute to the practice of their chosen field.

"What are my purposes and goals in teaching graphic design? My purpose in teaching graphic design is apparent when seeing the work presented in the exhibition. Essentially, it is to gain insight and knowledge through a rigorous sketching process, aesthetic development and semiotic analysis in the field of graphic design. For the student, this involves long hours and hard work (mentally and physically) at sometimes-tedious tasks. Through these simple exercises, they can perfect their manual skills, develop a clear thought process and begin the search for excellence solutions."


UCDA, Savannah Secession Award Excellence, SCAD, 2008-10; Young Alumnus Award, Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, Kansas, 2010; Who's Who Among American's Teachers, 2007-08; Cambridge's Who's Who Among Executives and Teachers, 2006-07

Awards, recognition and honors

Savannah Secession Gold and Silver Award, UCDA Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington, 2009; Recognized as SCAD' s Faculty Campaign Publication 2008-09; Who's Who Among America's Teachers, 2007-08; Cambridge's Who's Who Among Executives and Teachers, 2006-07; Winegardner Award for Excellence and Effort, Department of Art and Visual Communications, Kansas State University, 2003-04; Designer Recognition Award, Kansas Wesleyan University, 1999-2000; Student Recognition Award, Kansas Wesleyan University, 1998-99; All-American Soccer Award, NSCAA, Kansas Wesleyan University, 1999-00; Adidas All-Regional Athlete, NSCAA/NAIA Conference, Kansas Wesleyan University


University and College Designers Association; People to People Sports Ambassador Program; AIGA

Publications and presentations

  • "Traditional Poster Design," summer seminar, SCAD
  • "Conceptual Web Design Framework," visiting lecturer, Avila University
  • "What Makes a Good Ad" and "Successful Imagers in Ads," Association of Free Community Papers
  • AIGA Design Conference round table with Steven Heller
  • Allen Hayley's Typography lecture, SCAD
  • "Polish Poster Presentation," SCAD

Previous Positions

Assistant Web administrator, Kansas State University; graduate student assistantship, Kansas State University; graphic designer/production artist, Kansas State University; freelance designer, Salina Athletic Organization; public relations coordinator, Middle Georgia College; production assistant, Arliss Studios; graphic designer internship, Sunflower Bank

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Courses Taught

  • CMPA 100 Survey of Computer Art Applications
  • GRDS 201 Introduction to Graphic Design
  • GRDS 205 Typography I
  • GRDS 243 Digital Page and Web Graphics
  • GRDS 348 Graphic Design Studio I
  • GRDS 353 Typography II
  • GRDS 372 Corporate Identity
  • GRDS 406 Special Topics in Graphic Design
  • GRDS 709 Typography Studio I
  • GRDS 715 Print Studio I
  • GRDS 730 3-D Graphics Studio
  • GRDS 755 Typography Studio II