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Ray Eames

Featured image courtesy of americanwomenartists.org Ray Eames was born as Bernice Alexandra Kaiser on December 15, 1912 in Sacramento, California. She focused her early passions on illustration, poster art, art anatomy, and art history while attending Sacramento Junior College. Wanting a school that treated the arts more seriously, she left to attend a progressive liberal…

Varvara Stepanova

Varvara Stepanova was a highly talented painter, photographer, and designer, creating everything from posters, to books, to costumes for local theaters drawing off of cubist and futurist influence. This made her an prominent member in the Russian avant-garde movement as well as the constructivist movement later on in her career, paving the way for future…

Yusaku Kamekura

Yusaku Kamekura quickly became one of the leading designers in the post World War Two graphic design scene, and one of the pioneers of Japanese graphic design. Kamekura successfully blends both Western and Eastern design techniques, demonstrated through the rational design principles and traditional Japanese elements in his work. To this day, Kamekura is still…

Sibylle Hagmann

Sibylle Hagmann is an award-winning typeface designer and the founder of the creative studio platform Kontour, based in Houston. Her work appears in many publications and is acclaimed by the Type Directors Club of New York and Japan. Hagmann was born in 1965 in Switzerland and pursued an education in graphic design at the Basel…

Tomoko Miho Biography

Tomoko Miho came from humble beginnings. She was born in California on September 2nd in 1931. For the beginning part of her childhood she lived in a Japanese internment camp. These camps came into existence shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the US government unjustly forced many Japanese Americans to relocate during WWII. Her…

Takenobu Igarashi

Born in Tagikawa City, Hokkaido, Japan in 1944, Takenobu Igarashi is now an internationally acclaimed graphic designer. As a child, he grew up in Japan right before his country’s surrender to the Allies during World War II. He enjoyed American products like Hershey’s chocolate bars not for its chocolate, but for it’s bold lettering. America…

Piet Zwart

Piet Zwart is a multidisciplinary designer. he spent most of his career moonlighting as an architect and photographer (1). Although Zwart was only trained as an architect, he also worked as graphic designer, industrial designer, interior designer and a pioneer of modern typography. Piet Zwart was born in 1885 in Zaandijk, Netherlands. He trained as…

Giambattista Bodoni

Giambattista Bodoni was born circa 1740 in Saluzzo, in what is now known as the Piedmont region of Italy. Both his father and grandfather worked as printers, and at age 17 Bodoni decided to travel to Rome to independently find a job in printing himself. In Rome, he secured a job with the Catholic Church’s…

György Kepes

If you’ve ever tried to photograph with film, and then develop and print the film yourself, you might understand already how involved this process can be. There is a lot of variability in the medium, and it takes a lot of trial and error to get the hang of it. Georgy Kepes was a master…

Jonathan Hoefler

Jonathan Hoefler is an American typeface designer who was born on August 22, 1970 in New York City, USA. He is currently 50 years old and has created outstanding typefaces and won many awards throughout his career. Two of the main texts he is known for are requiem and Hoefler text fonts, (“About Jonathan Hoefler”).…

Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh is a very popular modern day designer. He was born on September 20th, 1980 in Illinois, just outside of Rockford. His Parents were Ghanian immigrants who raised him and his sister. He attended Boylan Catholic High School and graduated in 1998. His Mother was a seamstress (someone who sews and makes garments) and…

2X4 Studio

Though there is little to be found by way of biography or origins for the 2×4 Studio based in New York, their design team has worked on high-profile branding projects with the likes of companies such as Apple, Google, Nike and Prada. Founded in 1994 by Michael Rock, Susan Sellers and Georgianna Stout, all three…

Kurt Schwitters

“I could see no reason why used tram tickets, bits of driftwood, buttons and old junk from attics and rubbish heaps should not serve well as materials for paintings,”  Kurt Schwitters The above quote summarizes my chosen designer’s view. Kurt Hermann Eduard Karl Julius Schwitters, formally known as Kurt Schwitters was an artist born on…

TIME: A Documentracing: Thomas Ockerse

TIME: A Documentracing Thomas Ockerse created TIME: A Documentracing in 1973. A documentracing is described as a visual poem that documents time in an artistic way by integrating different pieces of things to create a poem like story. Currently, this piece of work is limited to 1000 printed copies total and has been since it…