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Alexander Isley (born (1961-11-16)November 16, 1961)[1] is an American graphic designer and educator.


Early life and educationEdit

Alexander Isley was born in Durham, North Carolina and studied at Durham Academy, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (high school visual arts diploma), North Carolina State University College of Design (BEDV) and the Cooper Union School of Art (BFA) in New York.


M & Co. (design firm) 1984-1986Edit

According to his firm's online biography, "Alex first gained recognition in the early 1980s as the senior designer at Tibor Kalman's influential M&Co."

Spy Magazine 1987-1988Edit

Isley was the first full-time art director of the funny and fearless Spy Magazine, for which he was awarded gold and silver medals from the Society of Publication Designers."[2]

Alexander Isley Inc. Designers 1988-Edit

Isley is the principal and Creative Director of Alexander Isley Inc., the firm he founded in 1988 in New York City.[3] Since 2005 the company has been located in Redding, Connecticut.


Other professional and not for profit affiliationsEdit

  • AIGA New York, Board member, 1988-1990
  • AIGA New York, Chapter President, 2004-2006 [5]
  • AIGA Connecticut, Advisory Board member, 2008-[6]
  • The Cooper Union, Alumni Council
  • NC State University College of Design, Leaders Council, 2011-[7]
  • AGI, Alliance Graphique Internationale, admitted 1998 [8]

Honors and awardsEdit


Alexander Isley is married to Veronica Burke.[15] They have three children.


The Alexander Isley Papers [16] at the Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, covers Isley’s full career and includes initial concept explorations, original artwork, completed materials, and correspondence. An extensive selection of Isley’s poster designs are in the collection of the Museum of Design, Zürich.


  • Bos, Ben and Bos, Elly. AGI: Graphic Design Since 1950, Thames and Hudson, 2007. ISBN 0500513422
  • Friedl, Friedrich. Typography: When, Who, How, Konemann, 1998. ISBN 1579120237
  • Friedman, Mildred. Graphic Design in America: A Visual Language History, Abrams/Walker Art Center, 1989. ISBN 0810910365
  • Heller, Martin. Who’s Who in Graphic Design, Werd-Verlag, 1994.
  • Heller, Steven. Graphic Wit: The Art of Humor in Design, Watson-Guptill, 1991. ISBN 0823021610
  • Jackson, Kenneth T., ed. The Encyclopedia of New York City, Yale University Press, 1995. ISBN 0300055366
  • Lupton, Ellen. Mixing Messages: Graphic Design in Contemporary Culture, Princeton Architectural Press, 1996. ISBN 156898099X
  • Miller, R. Craig. U. S. Design: 1975-2000, Prestel-Verlag, 2001. ISBN 3791326864


  1. ^ Who's Who in America - 1997 (51st ed.). 1996.
  2. ^ "Alexander Isley". Who We Are. Alexander Isley, Inc. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  3. ^ "Alexander Isley". Alexander Isley, Inc. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "Alex Isley". Yale School of Art. Retrieved May 3, 2011.
  5. ^ "Past Boards". AIGA. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  6. ^ "Alexander Isley". Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  7. ^ "Leaders Council". NC State University. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  8. ^ "Alexander Isley". Alliance Graphique Internationale. Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved October 8, 2012.
  9. ^ "Alexander Isley Interview". UNC School of the Arts. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  10. ^ "College of Design Distinguished Alumni". Archived from the original on February 23, 2014. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  11. ^ "MoMA the Collection". Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved February 3, 2014.
  12. ^ "The Collection". Retrieved December 22, 2013.
  13. ^ "AIGA Fellow Award". AIGA Connecticut. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  14. ^ "Alexander Isley". AIGA. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
  15. ^ "Weddings". The New York Times. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  16. ^ "Alexander Isley Papers".

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