Dan Graham has had his nose stuck in books for 30 years, as a reader, a designer, and now a printer. Though he started in marketing and public relations, Dan quickly moved to graphic design, opening a design studio in Kingston in 1977, at a time when few knew what a graphic designer did or why they might need one. After a decade of design, he moved into printing.
Dan is currently sales manager of Allan Graphics Ltd., in Kingston, a commercial printing company that recently moved into both press-printed and Print-On- emand books. In the past decade, he has been involved in the design and printing of more than 50 books for small presses and individuals – novels, family histories, monthly magazines, art catalogues, cook books, coffee-table books, and a range of periodicals for Queen’s University. A self-proclaimed “bookologist,” Dan prides himself on finding a form as unique as each text.
Dan has taught graphic design at St. Lawrence College and developed a course called Printing Practices that taught design students how to interact with printers and gain a better understanding of printing. He brings his teaching experience and his vast knowledge of printing to his master class on self-publishing. “There is no such thing,” he says, “as a stupid question.”