Aaron Draplin is a graphic designer, author, and founder of The Draplin Design Co. (DDC). He was Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, on October 15, 1973. and now based in Portland, Oregon. When Aaron left high school at 17 he started his associate degree at Northwestern Michigan College. This is where he learned the basics of visual art. When he turned 19 he moved to Bend, Oregon to pursue his career in graphic design.
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In this edition we have a designer interview with Marty Neumeier who attended Art Center College of Design from 1967 to 1969. For 15 years he worked in advertising and brand design, as a communication designer and writer in Southern California. In 1984 he moved to Silicon Valley to work with clients such as Adobe, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, and Symantec. By 1998 his firm Neumeier Design Team created retail packaging for software products, including Filemaker, Norton Antivirus, Apple system software, and HP LaserJet. During this time he served as a contributing editor for the magazine Communication Arts.
In 1996 he founded the “seminal but now-defunct design magazine Critique”, a quarterly publication about design thinking. Designers contributing to Critique included Robert Bringhurst, Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser, Steven Heller, Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher, David Stuart, and Massimo Vignelli.
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Sagi Haviv is a partner and designer at Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv. Among the over 50 identity programs he has designed are the logos for the Library of Congress, CFA Institute, Harvard University Press, Conservation International, Women’s World Banking, and the US Open. Sagi designed the award-winning animation “Logomotion,” a ten-minute tribute to the firm’s famous trademarks that was not only the first animated trademark sequence of such scope but also introduced a new approach to showcasing a firm’s portfolio.
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Paula Scher is one of the most acclaimed graphic designers in the world. She has been a principal in the New York office of the distinguished international design consultancy
Pentagram since 1991, where she has designed identity and branding systems, environmental graphics, packaging and publications for a wide range of clients that includes, among others, Citibank, Microsoft, Bloomberg, Shake Shack, the Museum of Modern Art, Tiffany & Co, the High Line, the Public Theater, the Metropolitan Opera, the Sundance Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Today we have a Designer Interview With Henry Alvarez. Henry is a Creative Director from New York. During his colourful, award-winning career, Henry’s well-rounded understanding of branding, problem-solving and art direction have made him a standout creative professional. He has developed creative for a wide range of markets, from consumer products to sports marketing. He has been referred to as a creative chameleon, always adapting his mindset to better understand his audience and deliver visually engaging creative.
Henry’s creative journey started when he was a young fan of comic books and artists such as Frank Frazetta, Jack Kirby and Neal Adams. He studied art in high school and moved on to study fine arts history in college as well as undertaking subjects such as sculpture, photography, painting and life drawing.
By the time Henry had received his associate’s degree in fine arts, He had already learned about iconic designers like Saul Bass, Paul Rand, Herb Lubalin, and Milton Glaser. Henry’s teachers suggested that he would do well in the advertising industry because he was so inspired by the movie posters and identity design Saul Bass had developed, so he set his sights on continuing his education in this related field.
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John Spencer is an award-winning graphic designer and creative director, and founder of virtual consultancy Offthetopofmyhead. He invents names, designs logos, creates graphic and language identities, and conjures up campaigns.
John collaborates with some of the most talented and experienced people around and brings together the best team of freelancers for each job. They work together remotely using the latest technology.
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Today a designer interview with Alina Wheeler who is a design director and in-demand branding consultant to marketing executives and design consultancies, a frequent speaker and highly regarded author of the ever-popular book “Designing Brand Identity: an essential guide for the whole branding team” which is now in the 5th edition of writing this article but I’m certain if ever there was a new release in years to come it would be just as popular as the last.
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Michael set up Johnson Banks in 1992. His company is known for how they define, then design, brands that make a difference.
They work with people who want to do big things: tackle hunger; fight for an open internet; address child poverty; raise billions for innovation and education; bring culture and enlightenment to the world; create products that question the norm; shift paradigms and change lives.
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Today a Designer Interview With Kyle Courtright who is an independent branding and identity designer pushing pixels in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico. He’s the founder of Logo Wave Awards International, creator of the Logo Inspiration Generator Tool and author of The Ultimate Guide to Logo Design Ebook. Kyle has had the opportunity to work with brands like the Detroit Lions, National Parkinson’s Foundation, American Cancer Society, USA Bass, Entrepreneur and Duke University.
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Mark Richardson is the owner of Superfried, studio alias of the self-taught designer. He originally founded Superfried in a London bedroom in 2007 and is now based in the centre of Manchester specialising in brand identity and typographic solutions for print and digital across all sectors.
His clients vary in both scale and location from start-ups in Russia to larger global brands in New York, LA and London including Fast Company, Faber & Faber, Sadler’s Wells and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. His continued experimentation with letterforms has lead to the commercial release of 15 display typefaces. Mark has also given a talk at Shillington Creative College in Manchester.
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