Pierre Bernard (1942) is an internationally acclaimed French graphic artist and designer. He founded Grapus, a collective of graphic artists who are members of the French Communist Party. Image above of an early Grapus work.
He has been a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale since 1987. He was a notable graphic design teacher at the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs (ENSAD) in Paris.
His latest works include the production and design of the AGI:‘Graphic Design Since 1950’ book published by Thames and Hudson (left)
Chip Kidd is currently art director at Knopf, first joining the design team in 1986. Turning out jacket designs at an average of 75 a year, he also prolifically has freelanced for clients such as Amazon, HarperCollins, Penguin/Putnam, and Columbia University Press. USA Today called him "the closest thing to a rock star in graphic design today”.
Cover series for Vertical Publications ‘Buddha’ by author Osamu Tezuka
His design for Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park novel was carried over into marketing for the film adaptation.
Kidd is as a fan of comic book media, particularly Batman, and has written and designed book covers for several DC Comics publications and has witten an exclusive Batman/Superman story for them.
He re-discovered the comic book artworks of graphic artist Alex Ross and has been responsible for bringing his work to a wider public through publishing works.
His inspirational and humorous presentations are renowned- check out Chip on TED.com
Büro Destruct was established in 1994 by Fidel Berger and Lorenz Gianfreda and grew into an internationally acclaimed design studio. Now a five-man outfit, in 1999 they published their own book which illustrated a new interpretation of once highly regarded Swiss graphic design
They have kept open the boundary between art and commercial graphic design, as reflected in projects for clients from widely differing fields. Two other books follow which document typeface design, illustration, product and character design, corporate identity, logo and poster design, animation and 3D. Büro Destruct keeps itself in a process of continual renewal.
A website for Büro Destruct typefaces was launched in 2002 under the name Typedifferent
Ian Anderson founded The Designers Republic to design flyers for the band Person to Person, which he managed at the time. His first ideas were inspired by Russian constructivism. In 1994, Emigre magazine devoted a whole issue to the Designers Republic and is still Emigre’s best-ever seller and is now sold out. This Sheffield group was introduced to a larger audience by their record covers for the English electronica label and has also created covers for many other label artists.
Early CD over pack
Coca Cola packaging series
Special Designers Republic issue of Émigré 1994
On 20 January 2009, after 23 years in operation, tDR closed for business. Ian Anderson still remains high profile, producing much self-initiated works.
Stefan Sagmeister has designed graphics and packaging for the Rolling Stones, David Byrne, Lou Reed and Aerosmith. His designs are uncompromising and direct. (Above) Trying To Look Good Limits My Life, billboards and magazine spreads, 2004-2006.
On a poster for a Lou Reed album, lyrics are handwritten across his face like graffiti. (Above left) Lou Reed poster 1996. (Above right) Artwork for Aersomith’s Nine Lives album, 1997.
In 1996 Sagmeister began to develop posters for AIGA (American Institute Of Graphic Arts). He took a ‘year out’ in 1999, closing his studio to commercial work and concentrating on his own experimental projects. (Above left) AIGA lecture poster by Stefan Sagmeister, 1999. Sagmeister had the words carved into his skin to try and visualize the pain that accompanies each of his design projects. (Right top) ‘David Byrne Feeling's album cover designed by Stefan Sagmeister, 1997. (Right bottom) Rolling Stones’ ‘Bridges To Babylon' album cover design, 1997.
in 1994 he was nominated for a grammy award for his album cover – ‘H. P. Zinker Mountains Of Madness’ (Above left) 1994. when the album is removed from the transparent red case the facial expression changes. (Above right) Douglas Gordon’s ‘The Vanity Of Allegory’ ,a collection of postcards for the Guggenheim Museum, Berlin 2005. The wedge cut in the lid has a strip of mirror-foil on the right side to reflect the other half of the word 'vanity'.
(Above left) in 2001 released the book ‘Made You Look (another self-indulgent design monograph)’. (Above right) in 2005 he won a grammy award as art director of the ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Talking Heads boxed set packaging.
Currently among many projects Sagmeister continues his work on ‘20 things in my life I have learned so far.’ A series of typographic pieces inspired by the work of his grandfather that he began in 2004. The book is a seven-year project in which Sagmeister came up with unorthodox ways of spelling out a series of personal truths in public places around the world.
Sagmeister's eponymous New York design studio was renamed Sagmeister & Walsh with the addition of multidisciplinary designer Jessica Walsh (who had already been working at the studio) as a partner. To note the change, the studio sent out an email with the image above (a still from a video of the shoot) and the line "We will do anything for design"
New corporate identity- including condom packaging for the male dominated profession.
The team emerge as the main models for SVA NYC branding
Their recent campaign for client Aizone expanded S&W as well as the client brand through continued strong concept and experimental outcomes.
And innovative book design for a ‘Dekho: design in India’
The once infamous Sagmeister studio image (still featured as the website home page) has had a make-over to celebrate the establishment of S&W.
Marian Bantjes In 2003 Marian left her firm Digitopolis to embark on the work that she has become known for. Working primarily with custom type and ornament, Sagmeister calls Bantjes "one of the most innovative typographers working today,” Clients include Pentagram, Stefan Sagmeister, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bruce Mau Design, Young & Rubicam Print Magazine, Wallpaper* , WIRED, The Guardian , and The New York Times She writes on the subjects of typography and design. She lives and works internationally from her base on Bowen Island off the west coast of Canada.
A couple of her earlier work at Digitopolis in Vancouver
Work commissioned by Sagmeister
Her work is diverse- ranging from textural vectors to intricate hand-driven typography. Here a work produced for Eye- produced by Marian and commissioned/art directed by Michael Beirut at Pentagram
Her ‘I Wonder’ book shows her love of decorative patterns and book traditions
Her beautifully designed new book (with design author Steven Heller) is testament to how prolifically she works.
Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, graphic designer, and (co-)author of several books including some children's books. His work has appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration, and has won many awards. He moved to Berlin and since 2008 has been writing and illustrating the New York Times blog Abstract City. In 2013, he launched his first interactive illustration in the form of an iOS application called Petting Zoo
He’s a regular contributor to New Yorker magazine covers
And The New York Times
Many of his beautifully drawn and witty images are available as limited edition prints
Images from Niemann’s iOS application Petting Zoo
Rico Lins obtained his Master of Arts from the Royal College of Art, London. He now coordinates a Master’s Degree course in Graphic Design in São Paulo. He has had individual exhibitions of his work internationally. Among his various awards are gold medals from the NY Art Directors Club, Design by Designers 2001 and the Type Directors Club Merit Award in 2007 and has been a member of the AGI – Alliance Graphique Internationale since 1997
(Left) His studio website (Right) Typical individualistic exhibition piece.
His Seja ‘ Be a Hero’ series, produced in his own print studio, were overprinted recycled posters/images intended to be viewed on the streets of Brasil- and later (because of its success), in multiples at gallery settings.
He curated a show on contemporary graphic design ‘Graphico Frontera’ in Sao Paolo, Brasil.
JR exhibits freely in the streets of the world, catching the attention of people who are not typical museum visitors. His work mixes Art and Act, talks about commitment, freedom, identity and limit. After he found a camera in the Paris subway, he did a tour of European Street Art, tracking the people who communicate messages via the walls. His Portrait of a Generation (2006) and Face 2 Face (2007) established him as a major force. In 2008 he produced two key series of works ‘Women are Heroes’ and ‘The Wrinkles of the City’. He additionally often collaborates with other artists.
In his Portrait of a Generation series he used images taken on the streets of Paris- and positioned them in safe, middle-class areas of the city.
In Face to Face he mixed images of Israelis and Palestinians pasted up throughout ‘border’ areas.
Women are Heroes installations in Brasil (left) and Kenya (right).
JR was a key contributor to the Tate Modern’s Street Art exhibition in 2010.
Wrinkles global series in collaboration with Jose Parla
In collaboration with street artist Blu
Frans Lanting emigrated to the United States after being educated in the Netherlands. He works in many different parts of the world including Amazonia, Africa and Antarctica. His photographs are regularly published in National Geographic, where he served as photographer-in-residence. He is also featured in Outdoor Photographer, Audubon, and Life. Lanting's 2006 exhibit, Life: A Journey Through Time combined his photography with the music of Philip Glass.
Nick Knight published his first book of photographs, 'Skinheads' in 1982 then was commissioned by i-D to create a series of 100 portraits for the magazine's fifth anniversary issue.
As a result hewas commissioned to shoot the 1986 catalogue of avant-garde Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto in collaboration with renowned graphic designer Peter Saville. He continues to shoot for clients including Alexander McQueen, Audi, Calvin Klein, Christian Dior, Lancôme, Levi Strauss, Mercedes-Benz, Royal Ballet, Royal Opera House, Swarovski and Yves Saint Laurent Image here for Alexander McQueen.
He directed videos for avant-pop star Björk and Lady Gaga's single "Born This Way" Knight launched SHOWstudio.com, which has broken new ground with its experimental interactive projects, films and live performances and its live collaborations with influential cultural figures.
Knight launched SHOWstudio.com, which has broken new ground with its experimental interactive projects, films and live performances and its live collaborations with influential cultural figures.
Paula Scher was the first female principal at Pentagram, which she joined in 1991. In 1994, she was the first designer to create a new identity and promotional graphics system for The Public Theater, a program that become the turning point of identity in designs that influence much of the graphic design created for theatrical promotion and for cultural institutions in general. Her influence was felt in re-determining brands for MOMA, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet, and New Jersey Performing Arts Centre amongst many others
New Jersey Performing Arts Centre became a visual landmark with Scher’s typographic make-over
In 2006, Scher first exhibited hand-painted maps created in her ‘spare time’. She now produces limited edition silk-screened prints that contain large-scale images of cities, states, and continents blanketed with place names and other information- all full of mistakes and misspellings and visual allusions to stereotypes of places.
Now available within a series of map books
She produced a series of corridor murals at a New York High School based on the local area maps.
Eddie Opara is a multi-faceted designer whose work encompasses strategy, design and technology. His projects have included the design of brand identity, publications, packaging, environments, exhibitions, interactive installations, websites, user interfaces and software, with many of his projects ranging across multiple media. He began his career as a designer at ATG and Imaginary Forces and worked as a senior designer/art director at 2×4 before establishing his own studio, The Map Office, in 2005.
He joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in October 2010. He has developed numerous applications including the MiG, an innovative content management system that allows clients to manage and publish their own content online.
Michael Bierut. Joined Pentagram in 1990 after work at Vignelli Associates. His projects have ranged from the design of an exhibition on the psychedelic era for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, to serving as design consultant to United Airlines. In 2006 he received the profession's highest honor, the AIGA Medal. Here Saks Brand
Recent activities have included a new identity for Morgan Library and Museum; environmental graphics for The New York Times Building; the design of an identity and public promotion for Philip Johnson's Glass House; the new brand strategy and packaging for luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue; and the redesign of the magazine The Atlantic. Here: Atlantic Magazine
Hero font and visual identity for Guitar Hero
Coca-Cola special edition
Sketch to poster for Yale School of Architecture
DR Brochure and award winning poster for Yale School of Architecture
He actively participates in many talks and tours on the design education and organisations circuit.
Marina Willer is a graphic designer and film-maker. Before joining Pentagram, she was head creative director for Wolff Olins in London where she was responsible for Tate, Southbank Centre, and Oxfam. Her films have been shown at various prestigious film festivals. She made “Exposed”, a film to introduce the exhibition of Richard Rogers at the Pompidou Centre and the Design Museum. Marina at Wolff Olins (above)
Amnesty International campaign
Serpentine Gallery branding
Storyboard for one of her films ‘River Crossing’
Frith Kerr was a director and partner of the highly acclaimed studio Kerr/Noble with Amelia Noble for eleven years. In 2009 she established her own studio Studio Frith based in Borough, London.
She works across various media: from books, posters, typefaces, identities to exhibition design, signage, websites for a range of corporate and cultural clients. Clients include: Arts Council, Barbican Art Gallery, Channel 4, Liberty, Selfridges, Shakespeare Globe, Serpentine Gallery, Tate and Oglivy & Mather NY. (Above) Book for dancer and choreographer Michael Clarke
Branding for London store Melrose and Morgan
Bibliothèque are a London based design consultancy. They produce effective and captivating design solutions that are underpinned by conceptual thinking, meticulous attention to detail and innovative production. (Left) Their current website showing recent works, and (right) Work for part of an exhibition on Braun products
Above Nike store concepts
Above Branding realised through packaging and online presence for Black Eyewear
They are often involved in projects in collaboration with The Design Museum, London
They designed and published best-seller ‘How to be graphic designer without losing your soul’
(Left) Wallpaper cover and (right) Barbican poster for exhibition on the art of architect Le Corbusier
Karlssonwilker, Inc. is a New York City design firm founded in late 2000 by Jan Wilker of Germany and Hjalti Karlsson of Iceland. The two met while working for Stefan Sagmeister. Major clients have included Warner Brothers, Universal Music, MTV, L'Oréal and Capitol Records. The firm's award-winning work has appeared in various design publications and magazines. Above Sequential storyboard for Nintendo
They cheekily featured themselves on the front cover of Time magazine
And designed a whole special issue dedicated to Top 10’s of everything for the publication
This series of limited books linked The New York 10K run with big brand Nike
Puma footwear range design and promo
Build is a design studio who relish working with forward-thinking clients. Their portfolio showcases brand identity, art direction and graphic design, through bold, considered design combined with high production values. Clients include Made.com, Nokia, Getty Images, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Design Museum London. Build is Michael C. Place (Creative Director, Design & Art Direction), Nicky Place (Business Director & Project Manager), Joe Luxton (Designer), and Sophie James (Studio Assistant).
Their work is diverse- from their own A-Z range of prints for the home- to hard-edged typo for client Berlage Institute
They publish their own ‘promo’ magazine ‘Process Journal'
LUST was established in 1996 by Jeroen Barendse, Thomas Castro, and Dimitri Nieuwenhuizen in The Hague, Netherlands. They work on a broad spectrum of media including print and book design, abstract cartography and data-visualisations, new media and interactive installations, and architectural graphics. Moreover, LUST is deeply interested in exploring new pathways for design at the cutting edge where new media and information technologies, architecture and urban systems and graphic design overlap. This fascination led to establishing LUSTlab in the summer of 2010 to humanise the unhuman,- bringing the internet down to earth and finding the missing link between the digital and the physical.
Danny Yount is an american graphic designer and commercial director who has a diverse visual style and a unique range of depth and crafstmanship in motion arts and film. He has been recognized internationally for his work in feature film and television main titles and show opens. He has earned an Emmy for the Six Feet Under main title. While at Prologue he designed the main titles and end credit sequences for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Rocknrolla, Sherlock Holmes, Tron Legacy, Oblivion, as well as Iron Man 1-3 and many others.
Storyboard sequence for Sherlock Holmes
Work produced at his new company Prologue
422 South are an award-winning UK-based visual effects, animation and commercials company working for TV producers, film producers and advertising agencies around the world. Over 20 years supplying high end visual fx and CGI to broadcast television and commercials producers around the world. Broadcast clients include the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, as well as major European and US networks such as National Geographic and Discovery Channel .
Every project is unique for this large team- here the full permanent team revealed (below) alongside a broadcast series title style
Kyle Cooper is a designer of motion picture title sequences. He studied graphic design under Paul Rand at Yale University. He created the title sequence for the 1995 American crime film Seven, a seminal work which received critical acclaim - at the time he made this sequence he wanted to create main titles that were raising the bar creatively. In 1996, Kyle co-founded Imaginary Forces and in 2003 founded the creative agency Prologue. His work in the field of film title design is often compared to Saul Bass.
Spin was founded by Tony Brook and Patricia Finegan in 1992. In 2009 they set up Unit Editions, a publishing company with the designer, historian and author Adrian Shaughnessy. Spin has received national and international recognition winning awards in print, television and cinema graphics, digital design, poster design and typography.
Imaginary Forces were established in 1996. They specialize in creating and developing content for commercial advertising, digital and interactive platforms, feature films and film marketing, television, architectural spaces and global brands. EMMY winning main titles for Mad Men, as well as the celebrated opening sequences for Boardwalk Empire, The Pacific and Nurse Jackie. They have created hundreds of main titles and content for films and commercials.
Imaginary Forces is comprised of over 70 artists and creative professionals: directors, designers, writers, animators, editors, and producers, with studios in both Los Angeles and New York City. Above Website home page
Above Sequential storyboard, promo poster and single frame of their most popular, award-winning sequence for Mad Men
Above Title sequence for Rubicon
Above Title sequence for ‘An Education’
Art & Design Context Lecture 5
Art & Design Context
Pierre Bernard to Imaginary Forces