Born in Decatur, Illinois, Katherine McCoy is best known as an educator. She has taught at Cranbrook, the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Institute of Design, and the Royal College of Art in London.
Based in Los Angeles, Martin Venezky is a contemporary artist, born in 1957, who maintains a prominent and active role in the design community. He works primarily in print, yet dabbles often with ink, collaging and freehand typography.
“I personally believe that print is going to be around for a very, very long time, if I’m wrong, future designers will have to be screen-based….I’d rather move to Sri Lanka and build a house than become a website designer.”
Stefan Sagmeister is an internationally renowned graphic designer and typographer best known collaborations with musicians like the Rolling Stones and David Bryne of Talking Heads.
Born 1941 in Germany in the Salem Valley, Weingart spent most his life in Switzerland. In 1958 he got accepted for a two year course at Merz Academy in Stuttgart. His interest in type started at the age of 17 when he discovered his school’s printing room.
From 1968-2005 he taught typography at Weiterbildungsklasse für Grafik. He has created a lot of his work for books he published as a teacher.
Before the 1970s he was interested in International Style, but shifted towards Postmodern design in the 1980s. Although there were subtle signs of the common style of work at the time, his work showed a style unorganized and spontaneous design that was unlike Swiss style of that time. His work was inspired by Armin Hoffmann and Emil Ruder, former teachers of his.
Born in Barcelona, Spain, currently sharing his residence between Paris and Barcelona, Plensa is a contemporary sculptor known all over the world for his sculptures that
blend in with public spaces. But he also works in a wide range of media including drawing, sculpture, print-making, opera scenery, video art, acoustic installations, text and light. Many of his works is built by using the form of letters, symbols, signs and even Asian characters. Most are figurative.
Neville Brody, born April 23 1957, is a British graphic artist and designer. Known for pushing boundaries, going against the grain, and being an all around rebellious kind of guy. Brody was born in Southgate London his first schooling experience was at Hornsey College of Art, where he studied the Fine Arts. But after a year of foundations and studio based art he moved on the the London College of Printing. Brody chose to switch colleges because the gallery based fine art format of his previous school did not agree with him. He became known for breaking the mold and sometimes doing things just to aggravate his professors, such as changing all of the things in his work that his professor had said to have liked. He was even almost expelled for rotating the head of the Queen on a stamp in one of his projects.
Born on October 6, 1948, Paula Scher is ab American graphic designer, painter and art educator in design, and the first female principal at Pentagram, which she joined in 1991.
She develops typographic solutions that communicate the essence of each job. Her earliest works were influenced by art décor and Russian constructivism. She strives to use ideas of form from the past to influence her work that can re-imagine the graphic identities of her clients.
Marian Bantjes is a Canadian born typographer, designer, illustrator, and writer currently living and working from an island off the west coast of Canada near Vancouver.
Jamie Reid was born in 1947 in London England. Reid is an activist, artist. His artwork for the group the Sex Pistols came to define and symbolize the English punk rock scene of the late 1970s (Never mind the Bullocks, here’s the Sex Pistols). Reid developed his style of cutting up graphics and other elements, collaging them together for an artistic look of ransom notes. Over the years he has continued to work as an artist, his work is based on political leanings, protesting nuclear weapons, racism and fairer criminal justice systems. He also worked with the world music group Afro Celt Sound System.
Recognized for her role in translating many post modern ideas into design practice, Lucille Tenazas is a professor at Parson’s New School of Design in New York as well as a practitioner in her field. She was born in the Philippines in 1953; later travelling to the United States in 1979 equipped with a degree in fine arts and a curiosity of design. She was looking for advanced study and found it at the California College of the Arts (CCA) and then later at Cranbrook Academy of Art where she earned an MFA in Design. After working in New York for many years she moved to San Francisco and began a firm entitled Tenazas Design; since then it has now been relocated to New York. Continue reading