Frank Chimero is a designer who writes.


Twitter: @frank_chimero
Instagram: @frankchimero


Hello from Brooklyn. I’m a professional designer, accidental writer, and lapsed illustrator. (It’s a lot of spinning plates.) I'm the design director over at Habitat. Together, we make tools for creative collaboration.

Before that, I split my time making my own books and designing websites and publications for clients. That commercial work can be seen on the site for my old, solo design studio, Another.

A few years ago, I wrote a book inspired by my time teaching, called The Shape of Design. It’s a collection of thoughts about the creative process that tries to better frame design’s role out in the world. Really, it’s the little design handbook I wish I had at the start of my career.

I’ve been lucky enough to speak at conferences throughout the US, Europe, and Oceania. Many of those talks can be read in the Writing section. Right now, I’m taking a break from public speaking. Too stressful, dude.

Other interests include dogs, music, Phil Collins, and folk culture. My stray thoughts turn to food—particularly pizza, slow food, and peasant dishes. I think the greatest pleasure comes from making simple things consistently well. If you do this with care, curiousity, and feeling, we’d probably get along.


New York Times, Nike, Wired, Chronicle Books, Microsoft, NPR, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Facebook, Starbucks, and others…


Print New Visual Artists (2011), ADC Young Gun 8 (2011)


Print Magazine (2015), The Great Discontent (2013), Happy Monday (2013), FontShop (2012), Creatiplicity (2011), GrainEdit (2009)