Emily McVarish is a writer, designer, and book artist who lives and works in San Francisco. Her work is held by major museums and libraries, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s artist’s book collection, Harvard University’s Printing and Graphic Arts Collection, and the British Library’s American Collections.
Emily’s exhibitions include "Last Year at Dark" (2018) at the Center for Book Arts in New York, "Historic Futures: Artists Reinvent the Book" (group, 2016–2017) at the Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco, "Reading with the Senses" (group, 2016) at Lesley University in Cambridge, "/mit ðə detə/: Source Materials Visualized" (group, 2015) at the Center for Book Art in New York, and the Pacific Center for Book Arts exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library (group, 2014) where her book Quickstead was selected as the Alastair Johnston Award Winner.
Her writing on design has been featured in Visible Language, Design and Culture, Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis. A second edition of Graphic Design History: A Critical Guide, which she co-wrote and designed with Johanna Drucker, was published by Prentice Hall in 2012.
She is associate professor of Graphic Design, Design, and Writing at California College of the Arts.