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Simon Johnston – February 23rd – UT-108, 5pm

Posted on February 23, 2016 by School of Art

P1000613Born in Leamington Spa, England, Simon Johnston was educated at Bath Academy of Art in England and the School of Applied Arts in Basel, Switzerland. He worked at Conran Associates in London, designing projects for Olivetti and the Boiler House Project run by Stephen Bayley, which later became the Design Museum. in 1984 he founded 8vo studio with Mark Holt and Hamish Muir, and instigated and published Octavo Journal of Typography during this period he also taught at Ravensbourne College of Design. Relocating to California in 1989, he opened his own studio, Praxis, working primarily for clients in the arts and cultural field, and began teaching at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. More recent work has focused on design for print, in particular book work for museums and cultural institutions. His work has received numerous awards, including American Association of Museums design awards, Aiga top 50 books, Type Directors Club of New York, ID magazine annual design review, and the American Center for Design 100 show, and has been published in many design books.


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