Yiddish Book Center

Alexander Isley

Identity, signage, and communication program

Images of Yiddish Book Center

  1. Image 1 — RGB-GoldGoat (Yiddish Book Center)
  2. Image 2 — 13152 037 (Yiddish Book Center)
  3. Image 3 — Isley Yidstockposter (Yiddish Book Center)
  4. Image 4 — IMG 6262 (Yiddish Book Center)
  5. Image 5 — IMG 6382 (Yiddish Book Center)
  6. Image 6 — IMG 6384 (Yiddish Book Center)
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    Alexander Isley, USA (1998)

    Alexander Isley is an American designer and educator. He holds a BFA in Environmental Design from NC State University College of Design and a BFA from The Cooper Union in...

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    Identity, signage, and communication program

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    • Yiddish Book Center, Amherst, MA
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    • Information design
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    Alexander Isley is an American designer and educator. He holds a BFA in Environmental Design from NC State University College of Design and a BFA from The Cooper Union in New York.

    Alex first gained recognition in the early 1980s as the senior designer at Tibor Kalman’s influential M&Co. In 1988 he founded his firm New York City.

    He was named an inaugural member of “The I. D. 40,” a survey of the country’s leading design innovators. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress.

    Alex is a recipient of the NY Art Directors Club Herb Lubalin Award, the NEA International Design Education Fellowship, and the Federal Design Achievement Award. His work has been honored by AIGA, SEGD, AIA, SPD, the Webby awards, and the Type Directors Club.

    He is past president of AIGA/NY and is an AIGA Fellow. In 2014 Alex was awarded the AIGA medal in recognition of his body of work and contributions to the profession.



    Design Collection

    Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

    Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

    Smithsonian Institution, New York, NY

    Library of Congress

    Library of Congress, Washington, DC

    AIGA Archives

    Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado

    Alexander Isley Papers: Special Collections Research Center

    North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, North Carolina

    Herb Lubalin Study Center for Design and Typography

    Cooper Union, New York, NY




    • Undergraduate
    • School of Visual Arts (USA)

    Designing with Type

    Visiting Professor

    • Undergraduate
    • The Cooper Union (USA)

    Exhibit Design

    Critic, Lecturer

    • Postgraduate
    • Yale School of Art (USA)

    Visiting Instructor

    • Undergraduate
    • Rhode Island School of Design (USA)


    • M&Co.

      1984 – 1896

    • Spy Magazine

      1987 – 1988


    AIGA Medal
    AIGA Fellow
    "ID 40" member, survey of America's Leading Design Innovators
    Federal Design Achievement Award
    Connecticut Art Directors Club Hall of Fame
    NY Art Directors Club Herb Lubalin Memorial Award
    NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) International Design Education Fellowship
    Distinguished Alumnus, NC State University
    Best of Category, I.D. annual design review
    Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) Global Award
    Society of Publication Designers (SPD) Gold and Silver awards
    CLIO Awards
    AIA (American Institute of Architects) Honor Award
    Webby Award