Jonathan Barnbrook is a British artist famous for his typography, graphic design, and film-making, currently living in London. He is also known for his fonts with controversial names, such as Bastard, Moron, Sarcastic, and Shock & Awe. His aim is to use “design as a weapon for social change.”
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.
Alvin Lustig was an American designer who was born in 1915 and died in 1955. He studied design at Los Angeles City College, Art Center, and, independently, under the famous American architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
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.
Ciporah “Cipe” Pineles was a designer born in Vienna, Austria in 1908. She is most famous for her contributions to Seventeen, Charm, and Vogue magazines during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. She is often referred to as the “first woman graphic designer”, and was the first woman accepted into the Art Directors Club and later into their hall of fame.
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Jesse Ragan was originally from North Carolina, where he began designing letterforms as a child. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2001 with a BFA in Graphic Design. In 2001, Ragan began his career at Hoefler & Frere-Jones. He contributed to the designs of Gotham, Archer, Mercury, Sentinel, and a handful of other typefaces while working there. During that same year, Ragan became a typeface design intern at the Font Bureau in Boston.
“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.
Jessica Hische was born in Charleston, South Carolina; raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania; and went to school at Temple University‘s, Tyler School of Art. She currently goes between living in Brooklyn, New York and San Francisco, California where she does her work.
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.