Mike Perry: Illustrator (19xx)

Mike Perry was originally from Kansas City Missouri where he grew up then went to Minneapolis College of Art. Now he lives in Brooklyn New York where he works in his studio.

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His first job was designing with Urban Outfitters for 3 years. He also worked with other big names such as Apple, The New York Times, Dwell, Target, Aldo, Nike, AOL, Aerie and many more. In 2012 he made a monograph called Wondering Around Wandering.

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Ed Fella (1938)

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Ed Fella was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1938. His work started when he went to create brochures for a non profit client. He wanted to put his “personal” typography style in to thee piece. He worked in Detroit  as a commercial artist from 1957 to around 1987. Which was almost 30 years. For work they were called Commercial artist and did illustration, lettering, typography and layout which is all now graphic design.

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Sister Mary Corita Kent (1918-1986)

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“Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.”

Born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Sister Mary Corita Kent graduated from Immaculate College in 1946 and went on to teach grade school in British Columbia. She then returned to Immaculate Heart to teach art in 1946. In 1951, she received her masters in art history and also exhibited her very first silkscreen that same year.

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Ben Shahn (1898 – 1969)

If you only relied on the results of a quick Google search for Ben Shahn, you’d find him called a painter, a printmaker, a photographer. He dealt mostly with images. You’d wonder why I’d list him as a resource in a Typography class.


Shahn was known mostly as a social-realist painter. That means he intended to inspire social change, and he did it by painting in a realistic manner. Continue reading