It's a me

Topher* McCulloch is a designer turned developer who lives and works in Chicago and makes something awful every day almost every day. He co-founded Chicago IRL, a queer collaboration of culture and class(lessness) and invented Post-Its “was the first popularizer” of “but first, coffee.”

He grew up in Brookings, South Dakota. He attended college at the University of Minnesota Duluth. His sophomore year he studied abroad in Birmingham, England. Topher graduated with honors and a Bachelor of Fine Arts, double-majoring in graphic design and studio art. While in Minnesota he was the in-house designer for the Tweed Museum of Art.

After moving to Chicago, he volunteered at the Art Institute of Chicago in the European Paintings Department and got to see the setup for the new Modern Wing behind the scenes. He also interned in the Design & Publications department at the Museum of Contemporary Art before taking a job at Bond Digital where he underwent his journey to become a designer/developer hybrid. Topher joined Pivot Design in 2019 where he is now Director of Development & Technology overseeing a team of developers and consulting on all things digital.

*Short for Christopher but don’t tell anyone.