Robert Appleton, Canada

AGI member since 2001

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Robert Appleton is a graphic designer, artist, photographer and musician. Born in Scotland, he left an Art Director position at Saatchi & Saatchi in 1973 to study Fine Art at St Martins School of Art in London. A student of avant garde percussionist Tony Oxley he performed on the jazz and new music scenes, then spent 3 years as a photojournalist for BBC Television. Appleton Design was founded in Connecticut in 1983 and relocated to New York City in 1994. He has taught at Cooper Union and Parsons School of Design NY. CAFA and Glasgow School of Art in Beijing. He has been published by The American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Brno, Lahti and Warsaw Biennales, Communication Arts, Graphis, ID, Novum Gebrauchsgraphik, the New York Art Directors Club – and others. He is included in the collections of the Library of Congress, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Lahti and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. In 2010 he moved to Canada and began creating visual music – merging his skills in image, text and sound into a single artform and language of multimedia communication called vorTEX. He designs, gives live performances, researches, writes and speaks about this internationally.

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    Robert Appleton, Canada (2001)

    Robert Appleton is a graphic designer, artist, photographer and musician. Born in Scotland, he left an Art Director position at Saatchi & Saatchi in 1973 to study Fine Art at St Martins...

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    Robert Appleton, Canada (2001)

      Robert Appleton is a graphic designer, artist, photographer and musician. Born in Scotland, he left an Art Director position at Saatchi & Saatchi in 1973 to study Fine Art at St Martins School of Art in London. A student of avant garde percussionist Tony Oxley he performed on the jazz and new music scenes, then spent 3 years as a photojournalist for BBC Television. Appleton Design was founded in Connecticut in 1983 and relocated to New York City in 1994. He has taught at Cooper Union and Parsons School of Design NY. CAFA and Glasgow School of Art in Beijing. He has been published by The American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Brno, Lahti and Warsaw Biennales, Communication Arts, Graphis, ID, Novum Gebrauchsgraphik, the New York Art Directors Club – and others. He is included in the collections of the Library of Congress, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Lahti and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. In 2010 he moved to Canada and began creating visual music – merging his skills in image, text and sound into a single artform and language of multimedia communication called vorTEX. He designs, gives live performances, researches, writes and speaks about this internationally.

      Agencies

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      Awards

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      • 1982-

      Graphis Magazine
      • 1984-

      Graphis Annuals
      • 2008

      Graphis Posters, Gold Award
      • 1999

      Graphis Digital Fonts
      • 1990

      American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Design Annual, 10th anniversary cover design (commissioned)
      • 1982-

      American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Communication Design Awards (12)
      • 1988

      Los Angeles Art Directors Club, Silver Award (1)
      • 1982-

      New York Art Directors Club, Silver and Bronze Awards (5)
      • 1982-

      Boston Art Directors Club Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards (14)
      • 1988

      Designers and Art Directors Association (D&AD) London, Annual Exhibition

      Other Professional Activities

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      • AIGA/NY Chapter Board

        1992 – 1994