April Greiman, USA

AGI member since 1985

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designer whose trans-disciplinary ideas, multi-media projects have been influential worldwide. Explorations of image, word, color as objects in time & space, grounded in the singular fusion of art & technology, the basis for her multi-media, multi-scaled body of work.   

recognized for revolutionary digital imaging work, she has been instrumental in the acceptance & use of advanced technology in creative processes since early 1980s.

2014 featured in Apple’s documentary, ‘Mac @ 30’ recognizing 30 creative individuals contributions to the creative fields. 

Greiman, educator, former Director, Visual Communications Program, California Institute of the Arts; former faculty, Southern California Institute of Architecture; current faculty, Woodbury University School of Architecture. 

Published extensively, including four monographs, lectured, exhibited worldwide, works in museum collections, among them Pompidou Center, MOMA, NYC.

She has 4 honorary doctorates and a big garden. 

Design work by April Greiman


    April Greiman, USA (1985)

    designer whose trans-disciplinary ideas, multi-media projects have been influential worldwide. Explorations of image, word, color as objects in time & space, grounded in the singular fusion of art & technology, the basis...

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    April Greiman, USA (1985)

      designer whose trans-disciplinary ideas, multi-media projects have been influential worldwide. Explorations of image, word, color as objects in time & space, grounded in the singular fusion of art & technology, the basis for her multi-media, multi-scaled body of work.   

      recognized for revolutionary digital imaging work, she has been instrumental in the acceptance & use of advanced technology in creative processes since early 1980s.

      2014 featured in Apple’s documentary, ‘Mac @ 30’ recognizing 30 creative individuals contributions to the creative fields. 

      Greiman, educator, former Director, Visual Communications Program, California Institute of the Arts; former faculty, Southern California Institute of Architecture; current faculty, Woodbury University School of Architecture. 

      Published extensively, including four monographs, lectured, exhibited worldwide, works in museum collections, among them Pompidou Center, MOMA, NYC.

      She has 4 honorary doctorates and a big garden. 

      Publications

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      Hybrid Imagery; The Fusion of Graphic Design and Technology

      (1989)

      • april Greiman

      Watson-Guptill New York

      Ce n'est pas ce que vous croyez

      (1994)

      • april greiman,
      • rick poynor (essay)

      Artemis, Zurich, and Arc en reve, centre d'architecture, Bordeaux, France

      Published to mark an exhibition at Arc en Reve Centre d'Architecture, this book offers a portrait of graphic designer April Greiman, as well as a reflection on the status of contemporary graphic design.

      Exhibitions

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      Elle@Centre Pompidou

      2010

      Pompidou Centre, Paris

      Designing Women, 1890-1990, MOMA

      2014

      Museum of Modern Art, New York

      20th-century design was profoundly shaped and enhanced by the creativity of women—as muses of modernity and shapers of new ways of living, and as designers, patrons, performers, and educators. This installation, drawn entirely from MoMA's collection, celebrates the diversity and vitality of individual artists’ approach to the modern world, from Loïe Fuller’s pulsating turn-of-the-century performances to April Greiman's 1980s computer-generated graphics, at the vanguard of early digital design.

      California's Designing Women: 1896-1986

      2012

      Autry National Center, Los Angeles

      This unprecedented exhibition focused on the work of 46 of the many exceptional women who, working state-wide from San Francisco to San Diego, helped make California a preeminent center of American commercial design and fine craft. Among them are: Esther Bruton, Edith Heath, Dorothy Thorpe, Gertrud Natzler, Beatrice Wood, Ray Eames, Marilyn Kay Austin, Jade Snow Wong, Gere Kavanaugh, Deborah Sussman, Judith Hendler and April Greiman.

      Farbe/Color: Armin Hofmann

      2013

      Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles

      The exhibition showcased one of Hofmann’s portfolios, as well as 16 studies of the prints as a part of Farbe / Color. The legendary Swiss graphic designer and educator has described his silkscreens as an account of his pedagogical activities. As an educator for 44 years, Hofmann has had immeasurable influence on generations of designers and shaped the world’s perception and understanding of color and design.

      Driveby Shooting: April Greiman Digital Photography

      2006

      Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena

      images captured by April Greiman over 15 years in various parts of the world, including Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North America. Although Greiman is one of the first women to be recognized as a leader in the graphic arts world, her fine art production stands apart, reflecting her personal travels and unique worldview. Greiman presents her images on a monumental scale so that the idiosyncrasies of digital technology combine with chance encounter, produce striking images.

      Agencies

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      • Greimanski Labs (dba)

        1986 – 2000

      Awards

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      • 1998

      AIGA Medal
      • 2003

      AIGA Fellow Award

      Other Professional Activities

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      • AiGA National Board Member

      • AIGA Los Angeles, President

      • AGI Executive Committee

      • International Women's Foundation, The Trusteeship

        2010 – present