After a self-tailored study in Visual and Verbal Communication in Graphic Design and Technical Writing at Carnegie Mellon University, Bruce Ian Meader began teaching graphic design in the School of Art at the University of Michigan in 1983. Ten years later, in 1993, he began teaching at RIT and is now Associate Professor of Graphic Design in the School of Design.
His specialty is typographic problem-solving, information design, publication design and wayfinding design. After completing a major commission to redesign Michigan Bell’s telephone bill, which was adopted by 15 states in the U.S., he co-wrote an article, Redesigning a Telephone Bill, in the 1990 issue of Information Design Journal.
Professor Meader is a long-standing member of SEGD (Society for Environmental Graphic Design). Concurrent with full-time teaching, he has maintained an active practice for a range of consultations and projects for Kaleida Health in Buffalo, Monroe County, and Rochester Institute of Technology. Professor Meader has collaborated on several wayfinding projects with Konopka Architecture, and Smith+Associates Architects in Rochester. He designed the exterior wayfinding sign systems for RIT, Monroe County Parks (Ontario Beach Park and Highland Park in particular), and the Monroe County Hall of Justice.
Professor Meader has designed numerous publications for RIT's Cary Graphic Arts Press: Bookbinding 2000 Proceedings, Designer’s Guide to the RIT Design Archives & Special Collections, Epicurus: His Continuing Influence and Contemporary Relevance, The American Image: U.S. Posters from the 19th to the 21st Century, and the Graphic Design Archives Chapbook Series (Lester Beall, Cipe Pineles, Will Burtin, Alvin Lustig).
In addition to his passion for teaching young designers to be critical thinkers capable of designing on the highest level of excellence with an uncompromising demand for functionality, relevance, appropriateness, precision, and integrity, Professor Meader has a passion for raising the quality of design at RIT to the highest level of excellence possible.