Robert Appleton, Canada

AGI member since 2001

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Robert Appleton was an art director at Saatchi & Saatchi, a percussion student with Tony Oxley, a fine art student at St Martins School of Art and a photojournalist for BBC Television before he emigrated to the USA from Scotland in 1979. He was an early adopter of the personal computer and his work with musicians Ornette Coleman, John Cage and others, his International Women of Hope posters and his performances with vorTEX (visual+aural+textual) multimedia language have won international acclaim (SF MoMA, Bibliothèque...). He taught at Cooper Union and Parsons School of Design in New York, CAFA and Glasgow School of Art in Beijing. He earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design in 2010 and helped found the AGI Foundation at the Vignelli Centre for Design Studies in 2013. He has made improvised music and art since he was a child and remains fascinated by their relationship. He designs, creates live performance, and researches, writes and speaks about these internationally.

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    Robert Appleton, Canada (2001)

    Robert Appleton was an art director at Saatchi & Saatchi, a percussion student with Tony Oxley, a fine art student at St Martins School of Art and a photojournalist for BBC...

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    Robert Appleton, Canada (2001)

      Robert Appleton was an art director at Saatchi & Saatchi, a percussion student with Tony Oxley, a fine art student at St Martins School of Art and a photojournalist for BBC Television before he emigrated to the USA from Scotland in 1979. He was an early adopter of the personal computer and his work with musicians Ornette Coleman, John Cage and others, his International Women of Hope posters and his performances with vorTEX (visual+aural+textual) multimedia language have won international acclaim (SF MoMA, Bibliothèque...). He taught at Cooper Union and Parsons School of Design in New York, CAFA and Glasgow School of Art in Beijing. He earned an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art Media and Design in 2010 and helped found the AGI Foundation at the Vignelli Centre for Design Studies in 2013. He has made improvised music and art since he was a child and remains fascinated by their relationship. He designs, creates live performance, and researches, writes and speaks about these 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