Alexander Isley is a Connecticut-based identity, communication, and environmental designer. Alex first gained recognition in the 1980s as the senior designer at Tibor Kalman’s influential graphic design firm M&Co. He went on to be the art director of the funny and fearless Spy magazine before founding his firm in 1988. Alex has taught at the School of Visual Arts, The Cooper Union, RISD, and has been a lecturer and critic at the Yale School of Art. He is past president of AIGA New York.
In 1995 Alex was selected as an inaugural member of the “ID 40”, ID magazine’s survey of the country’s most influential designers. In a recent Graphic Design:USA magazine poll, Alex was named by his peers as one of the most influential designers of the past 50 years. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian Institution, The Library of Congress, and the Museum Für Gestaltung in Zurich.
Alex likes acronyms: He is a member of SEGD, AIGA, SPD, and the TDC. In 1998 Alex was elected for membership in Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI; there’s another one).
He was honored to be named an AIGA Fellow in 2013, and in 2014 he was awarded the AIGA medal, the highest honor in the graphic design profession, in recognition of his body of work and contributions to the field.
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