I’m Frank Chimero (key-mare-oh), a designer, writer, and illustrator. I run a one-man studio from Brooklyn, specializing in publication design for page and screen, digital design systems, and image-making.
In 2011, I wrote and self-published The Shape of Design, a little, philosophical handbook about making things for other people that I wish I had at the start of my design career. The book is frequently used in design classrooms around the world, but the appeal has proven to be wider, as chefs, dancers, and woodworkers (really!) have emailed to say how much they enjoyed the book. You can buy a copy for yourself or read it online.
In 2016, I co-founded Abstract, a software company focused on making design teams’ processes more visible and managable through version control technology. I left at the start of 2017 to return to my design practice, but I’m still an advisor to the company. They’re doing great work, so go check them out.
Aside from all that, I believe one of life’s great pleasures comes from making modest things consistently well. If you do this with care, curiosity, and feeling, we’d probably get along.
The New York Times, Nike, Wired, Time Magazine, Chronicle Books, Microsoft, NPR, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Starbucks, and many others…
Print Magazine recognized me as a New Visual Artist in 2011. The next year, the Art Directors Club selected my body of work for their Young Guns competition. I am still waiting for my first Kids’ Choice Award.
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HOW Design Live
Chicago · May 2–6, 2017
Send an email if you’re interested in having me speak at your event. Please review your event lineup to ensure it has a diverse set of people before contacting. Thanks!
AIGA National Conference (Phoenix, AZ, USA)
AIGA Regional Events (Several chapters)
Build Conference (Belfast, N. Ireland)
Cusp Conference (Chicago, IL, USA)
dConstruct (Brighton, UK)
Design Speaks (Portland, OR, USA)
Design Thinkers (Toronto, Canada)
Do Lectures (Wales, UK)
Etsy (New York, NY, USA)
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA)
Interlink Conference (Vancouver, Canada)
Kerning Conference (Faenza, Italy)
MailChimp (Atlanta, GA, USA)
New Adventures (Nottingham, UK)
Portable Series (Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, Australia)
School of Visual Arts (New York, NY, USA)
Shopify (Ontario, Canada)
South by Southwest (Austin, TX, USA)
Webstock (Wellington, NZ)
XOXO Festival (Portland, OR, USA)
Peasant food, archaeology, myth and ritual, pizza, Vermeer, Phil Collins, independent book stores, Karen Carpenter drumming, the blueness of indigo, the mystery inside creation, Stevie Wonder drumming, Orson Welles, drawings of plants, rough drafts, Bill Evans, lists of birds or fish or trees, ethnography, making bread, breaking bread, rhythm, tightly plotted 90-minute movies, ambling plotless 3-hour movies, basil, God Only Knows, dogs.