Joshua Unikel works at the intersection of visual and literary art, focusing on the overlap between graphic design and the literary essay.

Unikel teaches graphic design at The University of Houston's Kathrine G McGovern School of Art and is the co-editor of No-Quo Attempts (DesignInquiry Press, 2016) as well as Beyond Category (Hobart and William Smith Colleges Press, 2014). He also serves as a contributing editor of Seneca Review.

He has shown at The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit; DesignPhiladelphia; Griffith University Art Gallery (Brisbane); and elsewhere. His work has appeared in Western Humanities Review, Tupelo QuarterlyThe Journal, TriQuarterly, Essay Review, Fugue, PANK, The Normal School, Essay Daily, The Collagist, Sonora Review, and other national journals. He has lectured on visual and literary art at Michigan State University, The University of Oregon, Stony Brook Manhattan, Carnegie Mellon University, The Open Book Workshop, AIGA Design Educators ConferenceAWP, and NonfictioNow. He has an MFA in visual art from SUNY Buffalo's Department of Art and an MFA in creative writing from The University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program.