AIGA Seattle Fellow

Chris Ozubko

2002 AIGA Seattle Fellow

Christopher Ozubko is Professor of Design and has been Director of the School of Art at the University of Washington, Seattle, since 1996. He received a BFA degree in Visual Communication Design from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada, in 1977 where he continued on as a typography technician for two years. Upon graduation from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 1981 with an MFA degree in Design, Christopher moved to Seattle to join the University of Washington faculty in the area of Visual Communication Design.

Ozubko’s areas of interest are in typography, design history, and international design education. He is developing collaborations with European and Asian design institutions to promote student and faculty exchange and has received numerous grants for international lectures, workshops and seminars at the university. Together with his colleagues in design, he has conducted 10 summer workshops for Japanese design students and participated in a lecture and design program in collaboration with Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Ozubko was one of ten international educator/designers that led a week long workshop at the ‘ICOGRADA Design Week’ in Hong Kong during January 2006. In November 2007 he traveled to China and lectured at three major Universities and was the keynote speaker for graphic design at the Shenzen International Design Conference. In 2010 Ozubko led a Higher Education Press design workshop in Beijing. This year he has arranged for a collaborative design project with Southeast University in Nanjing, China. Since 2005 he has offered a five week design seminar in Rome, Italy, for students during early autumn that combines photography, history, design, epigraphy, traditional craft, and industrial technology. Twice he has been nominated for UW teaching awards.

In addition to teaching and administration, Christopher established his own atelier, Studio Ozubko, where he works with clients ranging from nonprofit arts organizations to corporations and institutions. Professor Ozubko has garnered over one hundred regional, national, and international design awards. His poster designs are in the collections of the Lahti Museum of Poster Art, Finland; George Pompidou Museum, Paris; the U.S. Library of Congress; Museum of Applied Art, Helsinki; National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; Les Silos/Maison du Livre et de l’Affiche Chaumont, France; Dansk Plakatmuseum, Arhus, Denmark; Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Amman Jordan, and IPT Toyama, Japan. His professional work has been published in Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czechoslovakia, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Taiwan, and the USA. His design work can be found in Print Casebooks, Novum Gebrauchsgraphik, Graphis Posters, World Graphic Design Now, ID magazine, IDEA magazine, and EYE magazine. He has made presentations of his design work in Canada, Great Britain, Switzerland, and China. Ozubko has received design awards that include AIGA Book Show, American Center for Design, Halo, Art Directors of Los Angeles, New York Type Directors Club and The Art Museum of America.

Christopher Ozubko is a member of the Association Typographique Internationale, A.Typ.I, and was past president of the Seattle Chapter of AIGA, American Institute of Graphic Arts. Christopher was selected for the Swiss publication of Who’s Who in Graphic Design which showcases the work and contributions of international designers. In autumn 2002 he was recognized as an AIGA Fellow, one of 10 national awards of distinction for significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the design community. As Education Chair of the international design conference ‘Seattle ICOGRADA Design Week’ 2006, he was responsible for organizing and supervising the successful student workshop that addressed the ‘United Nations Millennium Development Goals’.

 

About the AIGA Seattle Fellow Award

The AIGA Fellow program is a means of recognizing seasoned designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within our design community as well as in our AIGA chapter. The nominee must:

  • Be a practitioner and/or educator with more than fifteen years experience in the profession.
  • Be a member in good standing.
  • Have made a significant contribution to AIGA.
  • Have made a positive impact within their local or regional design community.
  • Have advanced excellence in graphic design as a discipline, profession, and cultural force.