25 Influential Designers

As part of our 25th year blog series, we have put together a list of some of the most influential designers that have had an impact on the world of design today. With so many product designers, graphic designers, architects and other great professionals to choose from, it was hard to narrow it down to 25 but here they are…

Max Miedinger – Swiss typeface designer, famous for creating the Neue Haas Grotesk typeface in 1957 that was renamed Helvetica in 1960.

Childe Harold Wills, Joseph A. Galamb, and Eugene Farkas – Designers of the Ford Model T which then set the tone for the evolution of automobile production, assembly and aesthetics.

James Dyson – British inventor, industrial designer and founder of the Dyson company.

Wolfgang Weingart – Swiss designer of Swiss Punk.

Harry Beck –  English technical draughtsman best known for creating the London Underground Tube map in 1931.

John Baskerville – English writing master, stonecutter, letter designer, typefounder and printer.

Steve jobs – Information technology entrepreneur, inventor, designer and founder of Apple Inc.

Milton Glaser – Creator of the I heart NY logo.

Sir Jonathan Ive, KBE – British industrial designer and Senior Vice President of Design at Apple Inc.

Saul Bass – American graphic designer best known for his design of motion picture title sequences, film posters, and corporate logos.

Edmund Mather and David Ogilvy – As one of the largest marketing and communications company in the World they deserve a place on our list.

Jesse W. Reno, George A. Wheeler, and Charles Seeberger – Industrial designers responsible for the escalator.

Zaha Hadid – First woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004.

William Blades – Master printer and bibliography of one of the best studies of William Caxton, his library was donated to help set up St Bride Library and printing school in London (what later became London College of Communication). We still love visiting St Bride today!

Lawrence Herbert – Founder of Pantone.

Ray Eames – One half of the Eames’. Best known for development of modern furniture, architecture and the Eames Lounge Chair. 

David Carson – Famously used the dingbat symbol throughout the 90’s grunge style.

Paul Rand – Graphic designer, best known for his corporate logo designs, including the logos for IBM, UPS, Enron, Morningstar, Inc., Westinghouse, ABC, and NeXT.

Eileen Gray – Irish furniture designer and architect and a pioneer of the Modern Movement in architecture.

Alec Issigonis – British car designer, known for the influential development of the Mini.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Scottish architect, designer, water colourist and artist.

Phyllis Pearsall – Conceived, designed and produced the A-Z street atlas of London.

Stefan Sagmeister – Graphic designer and typographer, and co-founder of a design firm called Sagmeister & Walsh Inc.

Tom Dixon –  Self-taught British designer and Creative Director of the brand ‘Tom Dixon’ specialising in Lighting, Furniture and Accessories.

Erik Nitsche – Swiss born with a unique style fore bold, geometric designs. Arguably where a lot of today’s animated gifs get their inspiration from.

We’d love to hear from you! With so many other great designers out there, we’d love to know who has inspired you to be creative.

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