Research On Artists And Designers

9 02 2009

Stefan Sagmeister

Sagmeister studied graphic design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. He later received a Fulbright scholarship to study at the Pratt Institute in New York.

He began his design career at the age of 15 at “Alphorn”, an Austrian Youth magazine, which is named after the traditional Alpine musical instrument.

In 1991, he moved to Hong Kong to work the Leo Burnett’s Hong Kong Design Group. In 1993, he returned to New York to work Tibor Kalman’sM&Co design firm. His tenure there was short lived, as Kalman soon decided to retire from the design business to edit Colors magazine for theBenetton Group in Rome.

Stefan Sagmeister proceeded to form the New York based Sagmeister Inc. in 1993 and has since designed branding, graphics, and packaging for clients as diverse as the Rolling Stones, HBO, the Guggenheim Museum and Time Warner. Sagmeister Inc. has employed designers including Martin Woodtli; and Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker, who later formed Karlssonwilker.

Stefan Sagmeister is a long-standing artistic collaborator with musicians David Byrne and Lou Reed. He is the author of the design monograph “Made You Look” which was published by Booth-Clibborn editions.

Solo shows on Sagmeister Inc’s work have been mounted in Zurich, Vienna, New York, Berlin, japan, Osaka, Prague, Cologne, and Seoul. He teaches in the graduate department of the School of Visual Art in New York and has been appointed as the Frank Stanton Chair at the Cooper Union School of Art, New York.

He has received a Grammy Award in 2005 in Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package category for art directing Once in a Lifetime box set by Talking Heads. He would also work on the 2008 David Byrne and Brian Eno album Everything That Happens Will Happen Today.

His motto is “Design that needed guts from the creator and still carries the ghost of these guts in the final execution.”


Kate Moross

Kate Moross is a designer and illustrator based in London. Her achievements include a nationwide billboard campaign for Cadburys and a signature clothing range for Topshop. She has been profiled in Grafik magazine, Dazed & Confused Vice magazine and Creative Reviewwho selected her for a Creative Future award in 2007.

Moross specialises in design and art direction for the music industry. She has worked with Allido Records (Mark Ronson’s label), Merok Records, Mystery Jets, designed merchandise for Simian Mobile Disco, Telepathe, Punks Jump Up, The Teenagers and Les Petits Pilous. In 2008 Kate Moross was named at number 18 in the NME’s Future 50 innovators driving music forward.

Moross owns and runs a Vinyl only record label, Isomorph Records, set up in order to explore further the relationship between design and music.


 Taylor Wood

Taylor-Wood was born in LondonEngland. She is a graduate of Goldsmiths College. Before breaking out as an artist, Taylor-Wood worked at the Royal Opera House and managed the Camden Palace nightclub. In 1991, her work began to appear in a number of group exhibitions alongside that of contemporaries from Goldsmiths. Her breakthrough came in 1994 with the work Killing Time in which four people mimed an opera score. From that point multi-screen video works became the main focus of Taylor-Wood’s work. Beginning with the video works Travesty of a Mockery and Pent-Up in 1996, Taylor-Wood began to use professional actors. Her work since 1996 has often featured celebrity friends. Elton John was included in a large photo-work, and commissioned Taylor-Wood to make a promotional video starring Robert Downey Jr. for one of his records.In2002, Taylor-Wood was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery to make a video portrait of David Beckham sleeping.


Paula Scher

Paula Scher (born 1948 in Washington D.C.) is an American graphic designer and artist. Scher studied at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and was awarded a Doctor of Fine ArtsHonoris Causa by the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C.. In the 1970s she designed album covers for CBS Records andAtlantic Records, before moving into art direction for magazines. She worked at Time Inc. before forming her own design firm, Koppel & Scher. Since 1991, she has been a principal at the New York office of the Pentagram design consultancy.

Scher has been inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame (1998), received the Chrysler Design Award for Innovation in Design (2000), and a Gold Medal from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (2001). Some of her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Her album designs have earned her four Grammy Award nominations.

As an artist she is known for her large-scale paintings of maps, covered with dense hand-painted labelling and information. She was involved in the planning of a new multi-use “urban center” in the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood of Washington D.C., and teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York.


Mona Hatoum

Mona Hatoum was born in BeirutLebanon. During a visit to London in 1975, civil war broke out in Lebanon and she was forced into exile. She stayed in London, training at both the Byam Shaw School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art (University College, London) between the years 1975 and 1981. In 1995 she was nominated for the Turner Prize for her exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, and for her show at the White Cube.

In the early 1980s Hatoum began her artistic career with performance pieces, though later she moved from ‘live’ work to more mechanical installations, involving videolight, and sound. While mostly focusing on confrontational themes such as violence, oppression, and voyeurism, she has often made powerful references to the vulnerability and resistance, of our human bodies.

In 1989 Hatoum exhibited her first major scuptural work ‘The Light At the End’ in the Showroom Gallery. The same piece was shown the following year in the British Art Show. Her Alive and Well was displayed in the Victoria Tunnel (a former air raid shelter under the streets ofNewcastle-upon-Tyne) in 1990.

She was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1995. In 1997, one of Hatoum’s works which had been purchased by Charles Saatchi was included in the Sensation exhibition which toured London, Berlin and New York.

In 2000, her work The Entire World as a Foreign Land was at the inaugural launch of the Tate Britain. She had a work called Home at theHudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in 2004.


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