photo of James Tiebout, owner of TEBO Design

Tiebout graduated with honors from the College of Graphic Arts and Photography at Rochester Institute of Technology with an emphasis in design & typography. His early experience composing metal type by hand gave him an understanding of how type works on the printed page. This carried over to his current work using computers to compose type, for the page or screen, with an eye to creating even color and texture.

He furthered his education in Houston by attending classes at the Glassel School of Art from 1977–79. He traveled to Ireland through the School of Visual Arts, NYC for a Graphic Design Workshop in Dublin in the summer of 1982, with faculty that included Milton Glaser, Ed Benguiat, and James McMullen.

From 2001–05, he took classes in web design at Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, Rice University, learning about HTML, CSS and the code behind the internet.


Logo for the University of Houston_Downtown

From spring 1999–fall 2014, Tiebout taught graphic design classes at the University of Houston_Downtown as part of their newly created Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts program. He designed a course syllabus for two classes, intro and advanced graphic design, that were taught in the fall and spring semesters, for students who were Fine Arts, Music, or Theatre majors.

From the fall of 2014 through the spring of 2015 he taught an online course in Web Site Development at Sam Houston State University for students in their design program.

Teaching gave him a fresh perspective on design and his work was enriched by interaction with the students.


recruiting poster for Rice University art Department

Illustrated above is a recruiting poster (linked to a larger pdf) designed for a new doctoral program in Art History at Rice University. It is an educational partnership with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Menil Collection. The students have access to the curators and colletions of these two institutions, and the faculty at Rice. To convey this wealth of resources, I combined two photographs of the museums with one of Rice University. The type at the top of the poster is Trajan, based on the stone cut letters of the Trajan column, that are masked with slides of artwork from the collection at Rice to give the color. An 11 x 17 inch trifold brochure was designed to accompany it, using additional photos from each campus. Download a PDF of the brochure.
image of Art History brochure