My name is Clinton Carlson. I’m an Associate Professor of Visual Communication Design at the University of Notre Dame. In addition to teaching, I keep an active design practice, research societal issues, raise a family, coach baseball, and smoke meat in South Bend, Indiana.

If you are interested in collaborating on research, working together on a project, or just smoking a brisket, you can contact me at


I’ve practiced design for twenty years, working with organizations large and small. My practice has included traditional brand-oriented design, interactive design, design research, and public-interest design.


As an educator, I’ve taught at all levels of the curriculum. In recent years, I’ve focused more on developing interactive curriculum, but enjoy opportunities to teach introductory and traditional design courses. 


As a researcher, I have focused on public-interest issues such as food recalls, public health, and student loans. I am interested in applying evidence-based and participatory design methods to societal issues.