Internationally renowned Graphis interviews Douglas May: Being Consistently Creative

Doug May is facing forward and smiling. He has gray hair and wears glasses an a white shirt under a black jacket.June 2024 — Graphis, an international publisher known for its books and awards in the visual communications industry, has honored Douglas May, associate professor in Communication Design: Graphic Design, in a recent journal entry.

Passionate about nurturing future designers, May teaches essential aesthetics and critical skills, fostering creativity, critical thinking, and resilience against risk-averse tendencies. He aims to prepare students to excel, innovate, and lead in their careers. 

Based in New York City, Graphis showcases and promotes outstanding work in graphic design, advertising, photography, poster design, branding, typeface design, logo design, and illustration.

In 2023, the Dallas Society of Visual Communications honored May with the prestigious Golden Egg Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in visual communications. May’s contributions, including brand development, interactive communications, integrated marketing, and design education, have made a lasting impact on the industry.

The Golden Egg Award is the highest honor the Dallas Society of Visual Communications bestows. Golden Egg winners and nominees are creative professionals who have had a positive and enduring impact on the industry through extraordinary contributions to creative arts, formal education, or mentoring.

Since the award’s inception in 1975, there have been only 34 recipients. Past honorees include Stan Richards, Bill Hill, Jack Unruh, Bart Forbes, Woody Pirtle, and Sam Bloom, among other distinguished industry professionals.

May’s career is marked by notable achievements and milestones. His design firm, May & Co., propelled numerous Dallas-based clients to national and international recognition. His work supported marketing communication and investor relations initiatives for emerging companies such as Altsys, PageNet, Units, PCServiceSource, and Ryan during the 1990s and 2000s. Additionally, his design expertise helped sustain established brands, including Neiman Marcus, PwC, The Washington Opera, SMU, Hilti, Texas Instruments, Kaiser Permanente, Overhead Door Corporation, and Zebco.

Photo credit: Jim Olvera

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