James March is an interdisciplinary designer, educator, and researcher based in Toronto, Canada.1 He creates all forms of printed and digital matter, including identities, user experiences, front-end interfaces, custom lettering, collages, photographs, and interactive installations.2
James has worked at The Collective, RGM, MMM Group, and the ANC as an in-house art director and designer of various ranks.3 He has also consulted independently for a wide variety of clients, including First Generation Films, Starbucks, Rhombus Media, Baxter's Canada, Rogers Media, Lush Luxury Magazine, Ryerson University, Jean Claude Roy, Hidden Pony, Intent Media, Khachi Interiors, MasterCard, Mercedes-Benz, IMG, Harbour Gallery, and the Toronto International Film Festival.
He has received recognition for his work in typeface design4, editorial design5, interaction design6 and photography7. He has received photography commissions from VSCO, Harper’s Bazaar UK, Happy Socks, FiftyThree, Great North Collective, Explore Canada, and was featured in Instagram’s first printed publication, Creativity Reflected.
He graduated with a Master of Design8 from York University, a Master of Science9 in Experimental Psychology, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology from Memorial University.
Over the past eight years, James has taught interaction design, user experience design, typography, statistics, and health psychology at various institutions. He has been a speaker and visiting critic at conferences and institutions in Canada, the USA, and the United Kingdom10.
James is currently a full-time professor at Sheridan College11 in Oakville, Canada, teaching in the York/Sheridan Program in Design and the Bachelor of Interaction Design Program.
- Born and raised in Newfoundland, Canada.
- E.g., Spatial Practice, an interactive installation produced for his MDes thesis.
- Former titles include: intermediate graphic designer, senior designer, product designer, front-end developer, art director, and creative director.
- Applied Arts: Typography Design & Application for Leda Typeface.
- IAPHC Toronto Gallery of Excellence Awards: Best of the Show 2015 for Babar Khan Modern Icon.
- Adobe Design Achievement Awards Finalist - Interaction Design for Spatial Practice
- Finest VSCO Images for Tvö Lítil Hús
- Thesis title: Meditations on the Connections Between Memory and Graphic Design; Supervisor: Paul Sych; Advisor: Angela Iarocci
- Thesis title: Affective Priming in Music and Words; Supervisor: Aimée Surprenant; Advisor: Ian Neath
- Presentation titles include: Coming Undone: Transformational Shifts in Interactive Design and How It Affects Design Education, Design for People, Not Technology: Activity- and Research-Centered Teaching Methods that Future-Proof Student Learning, Disruptive Practices in Material Making, and Alas, As the Years: Memory in Practice.
- A pretty great employer.