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John Clifford

John Clifford

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  • Email: clifforj@newschool.edu


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    John Clifford is an award-winning graphic designer/creative director, and principle at Think Studio, a New York City design firm driven by ideas. Recent projects include collateral for The World Financial Center, the L.L. Bean 100th-anniversary book, web design for Maine Road Management, packaging for Paul Labrecque Haircare, and books on architecture and photography for The Monacelli Press and Yale School of Architecture.

    John is the author of the book Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design, which profiles the pioneering designers of the 20th century, from El Lissitzky to Paula Scher. The book has been featured in HOW, Fast Company's Co.Design, Designers and Books, Core77, Creative Bloq, Logo Design Love, and Design Work Life, among others.

    Before beginning Think Studio, John led and designed projects for Pantone, Saks Fifth Avenue, Martha Stewart, Barnes & Noble, and David Byrne. His work has won many awards, and has been published extensively. He teaches graphic design history at Parsons School of Design.


    Recent Publications:

    Communication ArtsHOW, Fast Company's Co.Design, Designers and Books, Core77, Creative Bloq, Logo Design Love, Design Work Life, The Best of Cover Design, Numbers in Graphic Design, Graphic Design Solutions, The Best of Business Card Design, Design Elements: A Graphic Style Manual, The Language of Graphic Design, Design DNA: Logos, and Mastering Type: The Essential Guide to Typography. 

    Research Interests:

    graphic design, graphic design history, typography



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