David Porter

David Lord Porter

I was born in Nineteen Forty-Four
(Which qualifies as Days of Yore),
Went here and there and did some stuff
(Some was OK, though not enough);
I’ll hang around a little while
(Try to go out with a little style).


“Illustration is of interest only when it is articulate of perception, whether of the mind or the heart. Where it is decorative it is drivel. At its best, illustration embodies wit and poetry with force and grace; at its cosmetic worst, it is third-rate textile design.”

Credit to image at right:
"A Composite Portrait of David Porter and His First Wife's Second Husband," by Chris Van Allsburg.

Fall 2017 Courses

  • ILLUS-2000-08 Visual Thinking

Wintersession 2018 Courses

  • ILLUS-3040-01 Play At Work

Spring 2018 Courses

  • ILLUS-3016-01 New York, New York(er)
  • ILLUS-2004-07 Visual Strategies
  • BA, Middlebury College
  • BFA, Rhode Island School of Design


Apparel Design Architecture Ceramics Digital + Media Experimental and Foundation Studies Film / Animation / Video Furniture Design Glass Graduate Studies Graphic Design History of Art + Visual Culture History, Philosophy + the Social Sciences Illustration Industrial Design Interior Architecture Jewelry + Metalsmithing Landscape Architecture Literary Arts + Studies Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Teaching + Learning in Art + Design Textiles