He is also the Senior Adviser for News Design/Adjunct Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, which he joined in 2013 as the Hearst Digital Media Professor in Residence.
He is known worldwide as one of the premiere media designers, having completed over 700 projects in 120 countries, including TheThe Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Paris Match (France) , South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), New Straits Times (Malaysia), Aftenposten (Norway), The Philadelphia Inquirer, Die Zeit and Handelsblatt (Germany), all the McClatchy newspapers in the US, 8 Postmedia newspapers in Canada, Goteborgs Posten( Sweden), Il Secolo XIX (Italy), The Citizen (South Africa). His current projects include Tagesspiegel (Berlin), Kurier (Vienna) and NOZ Digital group (Hamburg).
Currently, Dr. Garcia devotes most of his consulting and workshops to help organizations with transformation to a mobile first approach, including training for how to write/edit/design for the smallest platform—that of the smartphone—where a large percentage of users get their information.
Dr. Garcia is in the process of writing/designing his 14th book, titled The Story, and one of the first books to be conceptualized to be consumed on the small screen of a smartphone. The Storypublishes in the fall 2019.
Mario founded the Graphics & Design program at The Poynter Institute for Media Studies, where he serves as a member of the Poynter Foundation. He has been involved with the Institute’s EyeTrack studies since the 1980s, including the most recent EyeTrack for the Tablet in 2012.
His academic career includes full professor at both Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and the University of South Florida’s Department of Mass Communications. He is the author of 13 books, including his first digital publication, Storytelling in the Age of the iPad.
Mario has received over 300 SND Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award. People Magazine selected Mario among the 100 Most Influential Hispanics. The University of Missouri awarded Mario its Medal of Honor in Journalism