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Andrew Byrom


Andrew Byrom was born in Liverpool, England in 1971. After Graduating from the University of East London in 1996 he opened his own design studio and worked for various clients including Penguin Books, The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, The Industrial Design Centre, Time Out Online and The Guardian Newspaper. Around this time he also began teaching graphic design at The University of Luton and Central Saint. Martins. Byrom moved to the States in 2000 to teach at Northern Illinois University. In 2006 he moved to Long Beach to take up an Associate Professor position at California State University, where he is currently the Area Head of the Graphic Design Department. He divides his time between teaching, designing for various clients and playing with his sons, Auden and Louis. He has recently been commissioned to design typefaces and type treatments for Elle Decoration, The New York Times Magazine, McGraw-Hill, and Turner Classic Movies. His design work has featured in Print, Creative Review, Dwell, PAGE, Architectural Record and in several graphic design books including; TDC Annual 2008, Type Addicted, Typo: The Beautiful World of Fonts, New Typographic Design, and the AIGA Annual 2004. His work has been exhibited in design venues across the US and has been recognized with a Certificates of Excellence from the AIGA and The Type Directors Club.

Presentation details

Prototypes: New Forms in Type Design

Session 79 | Room MIDE
Tuesday 27 October | 10:40 – 11:00

Duration: 20 minutes

‘This work is not, for example, Helvetica rendered in neon, nylon, or steel etc, but instead a reaction to the limitations of unfamiliar materials and processes that help shape, and more often force, the outcome of a design’ My presentation details the design philosophy and construction process behind a series of three dimensional typeface/product designs I have undertaken since 2002. Often these designs are speculative; yielding no obvious outcome. At times the forms generated from these three dimensional experiments have found their way back into my more traditional 2D type designs. But on occasion my work has moved across disciplines into unexpected areas of furniture and product design. This experimental work has been honored with awards of excellence from the AIGA and the TDC and featured in many design related books and magazines, including Print, Creative Review, PAGE, and notably Architectural Record and Dwell.

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