Douglas May, a 4th generation Texan, is an Associate Professor at the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. His academic research utilizes communication design and its value for building social capital for non-profit communities.

Educated at the University of North Texas and Art Center College of Design, he began his career in New York. He founded the Dallas-based design firm May & Co. in 1986 and continues to consult with corporations, entrepreneurs, and non-profits by providing design communication to support strategic initiatives. His professional practice has included a range of assignments from international to local clientele. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas A&M Commerce in 2017 and now teaches full-time at The University of North Texas, achieving academic tenure in 2023. Doug is a national board member for the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica and serves as its Media Director and Publisher of Harmonica Happenings Magazine.

The 2023 Golden Egg Lifetime Achievement Award from the Dallas Society of Visual Communications tops his professional recognition, design awards, and multiple career achievements – including becoming an AIGA Fellow recipient in 2011 and receiving the AAF Dallas 2020 Educator of the Year. His cultural posters have been exhibited internationally by invitation in design exhibits in Seoul, Korea; London, England; Katowice, Poland; St. Gallen, Switzerland; and Jakarta, Indonesia.