Ken Carbone

Ken Carbone, Carbone Smolan Agency
New York

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365: AIGA Annual Design Exhibition 24, Carbone Smolan Agency
365: AIGA Annual Design Exhibition 24

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Ken Carbone, Co-Founder

Ken Carbone is a designer, artist, musician, author and teacher. As the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, he is among America's most respected graphic designers, whose work is renowned for its balance of substance and style.

Under his design ethos to unify, simplify, amplify, Ken has built a reputation for creating outstanding design programs for a world-class clientele that includes W Hotels, Morgan Stanley, Christie's, Tiffany & Co., Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and Canon U.S.A., and celebrated institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles, and the Musée du Louvre. 

Ken Carbone is the author of The Virtuoso: Face to Face with 40 Extraordinary Talents, published by Stewart Tabori & Chang. The book’s emphasis on human achievement in all walks of life reflects his wide-ranging curiosity. He is also the co-author of "Dialog": What Makes a Great Design Partnership, a book that celebrates his 35-year collaboration with business partner Leslie Smolan. Ken frequently speaks to audiences across the country about the value of strategic design and communications in the corporate, consumer and cultural sectors, and has lectured at both business schools and art colleges. Ken is a professor in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and is a featured blogger for Fast Company magazine.

A member of the prestigious Alliance Graphique International (AGI) and the AIGA, the professional association for design, Ken Carbone’s work has been recognized by the AIGA, Print, Graphis, Idea, Communication Arts, ID, the New York Art Directors Club, and he is a recipient of the Visionaries! Award from the Museum of Arts & Design.

Ken Carbone is also an accomplished guitarist and says he might give it all up one day to play with Norah Jones.

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Ken Carbone's Sketchbook

Ken Carbone's Sketrchbook
Ken Carbone's Sketchbook

I consider my collection of journals as 5,000 pages of "beginnings," which is creatively liberating. On occasion I'll use these books to sketch out a specific concept. I like to challenge myself to find a solution to a problem within a single two-page spread. This constraint is both terrifying and exciting.


What were our 2014 SEGD Global Design Awards jurors looking for as they evaluated the more than 420 entries submitted this year? What did they find, and what advice do they have for future design award entrants? The 2014 winners will be notified soon and honored during the 2014 SEGD Conference June 5-7 in Atlanta. In the meantime, here are a few words from our jurors.

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