Latest from the Designers & Studios category

Ladislav Sutnar

Ladislav Sutnar was a painter, industrial, display, and advertising designer, who was a pioneer in the field of information design. He was known for his ability to display and communicate complex information in a manner that was organized and concise.  Sutnar was born in 1897 in Pilsen, Czechoslovakia. He concurrently studied painting at the Prague…

#8 Black, 1965 / Josef Binder

This piece of art was designed by Josef Binder in 1965. It was gifted from Binder to the Smithsonian American Art Museum.  This piece may not be seen as a milestone in Binder’s career, but in my opinion, it shows how his style and perspective changed. His commercial posters are very famous and well known,…

Thomas Ockerse

Thomas Ockerse taught at the Rhode Island School of Design for 47 years, where he served as the Graphic Design Program department head for 20 years. He studies commercial art at Ohio State University where he received an athletic scholarship that covered all expenses for the swimming team. He was born in Indonesia and moved…

Josef Binder

Josef Binder was born in Vienna, Austria in 1898. Binder is best known for his posters and his incorporation of the principles of Cubism and DeStijl. As a young man, Binder was very interested in printing and painting. He became classically trained as a lithographer at the Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, focusing mainly…

Rogério Duarte

  Rogério Duarte was born in Ubaíra, State of Bahia, Brazil, in 1939 and died in Brasilia, Brazil in 2016. He is mostly known for being a graphic designer, however he was also a poet, composer, intellect, and activist. Duarte played a crucial role in the development of the Tropicália movement, or Tropicalism. In Brazil,…

Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman was born in Brooklyn, New York, on October 29th, 1961 (Heller, 2019). She is still alive and is now 58 years old. According to Heller, Millman was exposed to designs when she was young, both from her mother being a seamstress and her father owning a local pharmacy (Heller, 2019). All of her…

Marian Bantjes

Marian Bantjes is a graphic designer and typographer who is internationally renown, especially for her work in the Speak Up competition that she won in 2003. She was born on March 23, 1963 in Canada, and as of right now, she is 57 years old and works on an island off the west coast of…

Wilhelm Deffke

Wilhelm Deffke was the head of graphic design, as many considered him to be the “godfather of the advertising logo” (Himelfarb). Born in Germany in 1887, the design scene had not been well introduced to the style of graphics Deffke would lead. Deffke began his professional life designing for Germany companies after teaching trademark design…

Masamu Yanase

  Masamu Yanase was a born January 12, 1900 in Matsuyama, Japan. At the age of 11, he moved to Moji City, currently known as Kitakyushu City, and began nurturing his innate talent for art. Despite his lack of a formal training in art, he was able to find patrons due to his skills and…

P. Scott Makela

‘I work at weird hours of the night, listen to strange music, I had a difficult childhood and I’m dyslexic.’ (Rock, 1994)  P. Scott Makela might have had ideas and habits that weren’t ideal but he became one of the most famed graphic and multimedia designers ever. Mr. Makela was born in 1960 in St.…

Marlene McCarty

Marlene Mccarty, born in 1957, is a designer from Lexington, Kentucky, who graduated from the University of Cincinnati. She has created many different works of art from multiple mediums but more often than not, she uses pen and ink. Some of her other most famous designs were created with graphite, as well. One of the…

David Lance Goines

David Lance Goines is an American writer and artist who has won multiple awards for both his artwork and his writing. His artwork is featured in a number of museums throughout the world, including the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C., the Hiroshima Museum of Modern Art in Hiroshima, Japan, the Museé de la Publicité in…

Irma Boom

Irma Boom is a Dutch graphic designer and illustrator, who specialty is bookmaking.  She was born in Lochem, Gelderland, the Netherlands on December 15, 1960.  Having been known as ‘The Queen of books’, she has created over 300 books and has a reputation for defying the norms for traditional book design.  At the AKI Academy…