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Ten of the Most Influential Designers in the World

There are hundreds of well known designers but only a small handful really stand out in society and have a huge influence on us. From fashion designers like Ralph Lauren and Vivian Westwood, to architects like Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid, they have all helped to shape the design industry.

As a keen designer, you are sure to admire and spot good design when you see it. Whether it’s the design of a website or it’s an ancient cathedral, you will be able to see how effective certain shapes and structures are, thanks to your natural eye for design and composition. There have been so many influential designers over the years which is why we have put together a short low down of our two favorites.

Paola Antonelli
For almost 20 years Antonelli has used the pulpit of the Museum of Modern Art in New York to openly discuss and debate her ideas about design. She is now the senior curator in the department of architecture and design which means she has overseen popular exhibitions and was also given the “Design Mind” prize at the 2006 National Design Awards in the U.S. The designer says her goal is “to insistently promote design’s understanding, until its positive influence on the world is fully acknowledged and exploited.”

Janine Benyus
Beynus is responsible for the biomimicry movement. The 51-year-old designer has been involved with developing products and strategies for various companies. She is the founder of the Biomimicry Guild and has worked with clients including General Electric, General Mills and Hewlett-Packard. She educates executives on how their business might benefit by mimicking nature. For example, a water-resistant coating for building exteriors was created to mimic lotus plant leaves, which repel water by causing it to bead and drip off.

Saul Bass

Saul Bass (May 8, 1920 – April 25, 1996) was a graphic designer and Academy Award-winning filmmaker. Although an excellent logo designer, he is best known for his design on animated motion picture title sequences, which is thought of as the best such work ever seen. Saul Bass did the logos for AT&T, Quaker and Konika Minolta.

Tom Geismar

Tom Geismar is a founding partner of Chermayeff & Geismar and widely considered a pioneer of American graphic design. During the past four decades he has designed more than 100 corporate identity programs. His designs for Xerox, Chase Manhattan Bank, PBS, National Geographic, Gemini Consulting, Univision, Rockefeller Center and, most notably, Mobil Oil have received worldwide acclaim.

Jonathan Ive

Sir Jonathan Paul Ive, born February 1967 is a British designer and the senior vice president of Industrial Design at Apple Inc. He is the lead designer and conceptual mind behind many of Apple’s products, including the iMac, MacBook Air, iPod, iPod touch, iPhone, and iPad. During Steve Jobs’ tenure as CEO, Ive was given operational autonomy within the company, subject only to Jobs;[1] he currently reports to CEO Tim Cook.

Karim Rashid

Karim Rashid received a Bachelor in Industrial Design from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada in 1982 and completed his postgraduate studies in Italy. Rashid has created over 3000 designs, including projects ranging from interiors, fashion, furniture, lighting, art and music to installations.

Shiro Kuramata

Shiro Kuramata (1934–1991) is one of Japan’s most important designers of the 20th century. Kuramata was mainly known for his use of industrial materials such as wire steel mesh and lucite to create architectural interiors and furniture. Revolutionary pieces such as the “How High the Moon” chair (1986) reflect the emerging dynamism and maturing creativity of postwar Japan, or his Ikabana, lead cristal free hand blown vase, realized by the Vilca from Colle Valdelsa (Siena) Italy, a unique example of fusion, between oriental and occidental cultures. In 1990 the French government awarded Kuramata the distinguished Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in recognition of his outstanding contribution to art and design.

Giorgetto Giugiaro

Giorgetto Giugiaro born 7 August 1938, is an Italian automobile designer responsible equally for a stable of supercars and several of the most popular everyday vehicles driven today. He was born in Garessio, Cuneo, Piedmont. Giugiaro was named Car Designer of the Century 1999 and inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 2002. In addition to cars, Giugiaro has designed camera bodies for Nikon, computer prototypes for Apple, Navigation promenade of Porto Santo Stefano and even developed a new pasta shape “Marille”, as well as office furniture for Okamura Corporation.

Frank Mason Robinson

Frank Mason Robinson (1845 in Corinth, Maine – 1923 in Atlanta, Georgia), was an important early marketer of what became known as Coca-Cola. As a young man he was in Iowa where he married Laura Clapp. In 1886 Frank Mason Robinson settled in Atlanta, where he was secretary and bookkeeper for the Pemberton Chemical Company. Frank Mason Robinson gave the formula the name Coca-Cola writing the name in Spencerian script which was popular with bookkeepers of the era.

Rob Janoff

Rob Janoff is a graphic designer of corporate logos and identities, printed advertisements and television commercials. He is probably most famous for his creation of the Apple logo. In 1977, he worked for Regis McKenna as an art director and was tasked to design the logo for Apple Computer, creating an apple with a bite out of it. He also created ads and printed materials for Apple. Later he also did design work for both IBM and Intel.


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