Justin Carder



I am a designer, editor, writer, amateur carpenter, and organizer. I like to make things happen. I am passionate about public space, equity, and access. I enjoy multi-dimensional design projects and working with all things experiential and I'm always looking for way to expand ideas and realize the big potentials in things. Also, I really like to actually pull things off and to help other people actually pull things off.  


E.M. Wolfman • Owner • 2014 to Present
In April 2014, I opened a small bookstore/gallery and events space in downtown Oakland. In the years since I started, the space has grown into a publishing company, artist residency, and community hub. We host dozens of events each year and have won Best of the Bay awards from East Bay Express and San Francisco Magazine. We are also the recipient of a Southern Exposure Alternative Exposure grant, supporting our work with artists. In August 2017, I opened a second shop in north Oakland, which is quickly growing into a community hub as well. 

Wolfman Books • Editor • 2014 to Present
I am the founder of Wolfman Books, a small press that publishes nonfiction, poetry, periodicals and experimental artist books. Our first nonfiction book, Maximum Sunlight, by Meagan Day has been featured as part of the 2017 Best American Non-required Reading. We are also the publisher of the Black Aesthetic magazine, a quarterly of essays and projects about black independent film. This year, we founded Wolfman New Life Quarterly magazine, featuring essays about art, politics, and community. 

Transit Books • Lead Designer • 2016 to Present
I am the lead graphic designer for Transit Books, an Oakland-based non-profit publisher of international literature. In my role as lead designer, I have created and implemented a strong visual identity for Transit's unique literary fiction brand. 

Chapter 510 + Department of Make Believe • Lead Designer • 2015
I led the team at the nonprofit writing center, Chapter 510 to create their own brand identity and storefront, The Department of Make Believe. I organized a community design sharette, featuring award-winning writers and designers from Lapham's Quarterly, 99 Percent Invisible, and 826 Valencia. I developed product designs, apparel, labels, logos, copy, signage and interactive exhibits for the space. 

Teacher Salary Project • Graphic Designer • 2012 to Present
For the last several years I have designed a variety of print, presentation, and web graphics for the Teacher Salary Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising teachers’ salaries in the United States.

Educational Nonprofit Book Design • 2012 to Present
I have designed professional-quality books for schools and literary nonprofits such as Santa Cruz Writes, Oakland School of the Arts, Youth Speaks and more. In addition to creating dozens of book covers over the last few years, I have led trainings and advised Santa Cruz Writes and Oakland School of the arts on publishing, volunteer relations, curriculum, and event-planning.

Larry Spring Museum of Commonsense Physics • Co-Founder • 2012
In 2012, I co-founded a small museum and artist-residency program in Fort Bragg, CA dedicated to the life of Larry Spring, an amateur physicist and outsider artist. For this project, I created all signage and exhibits in conjunction with trustees of Larry Spring’s estate. 

826 National • Creative Consultant• 2010-2012
Working with the team at 826 National I provided guidance to the network of 826 storefronts around the country. In 2010, I oversaw the creation of The Museum of Unnatural History in Washington DC. 

826 Valencia • Pirate Store and Publishing Director • 2007 to 2012
For five years I served as the Pirate Store and Publishing Director at 826 Valencia, a nonprofit organization that offers free writing courses to public school students ages 8-18 in San Francisco’s Mission District. In this role I oversaw all aspects of 826 Valencia’s unique pirate-themed storefront. I also was in charge of all aspects of 826 Valencia’s publishing program—editorial, book design, marketing and book distribution. 

Exhibition + Publications

New Life, Adobe Books, 2017
Precarity, Econo Jam Records, 2015
Don’t Make My Same Mistake, Alley Cat Gallery, 2014
Unlimited Data/One Weird Trick, Alley Cat Gallery, 2013
Was it Something I Said (group show), Local 123, 2012

New Life Quarterly, Editor, Designer, Publisher, 2017
"Earth N00b" and "Just what you loved to do", Author, New Life Quarterly, 2017
The Bigness of Things, Developmental Editor, Designer, Publisher, 2017
Black Aesthetic Magazine, Developmental Editor, Designer, Publisher, 2017
Maximum Sunlight, Editor, Designer, Publisher, 2016
It’s night in San Francisco but it’s sunny in Oakland: Anthology, Contributor, 2013
826 Quarterly, Editor, 2010-2012
“Nostalgic for Things that Happened Last Year,” Author, Yes Yes Yes Magazine, 2012


BA in Politics with emphasis on History of Art and Visual Culture; UC Santa Cruz

Graduate Summer Writer's Institute at The New School, New York

Awards + Fellowships

Public Imagination Fellowship
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 2017

Best of the East Bay
East Bay Express, 2015, 2016, 2017

Best of the Bay
San Francisco Magazine, 2017