Terry Marks
AIGA Seattle Fellow 2008

Fellow Award Recognition

Terry Marks is principal of tmarks, a multi-disciplinary creative firm in Seattle, Washington which powers & guides great ideas with strategy, branding, design, motion, and interactive.

Terry’s design work has been recognized nationally by Print Magazine, Communication Arts, Critique Magazine, HOW Magazine, Neenah Papers, and Potlatch Papers, among others. His work has been included in many books on design such as 1000 more greetings.  Marks has been profiled in StepInside Design as well as Inspirability, Caffeine for the Creative Mind and Inside the Business of Graphic Design. His firm’s website has been included in Taschen Books 1000 Favorite Websites as well as How’s Top 10 Sites for designers.

Marks has been accorded the AIGA Fellow Award, granted to select members as “a means of recognizing mature designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community as well as in their local AIGA chapter.” AIGA is the professional organization for design.

Mr.Crumbly Dreams A Tiger, a book which he wrote and illustrated, was selected as one of the ten “Perfect 10” projects in a national competition sponsored by HOW magazine. Marks has also authored numerous pieces including Color Harmony: Layout for Rockport Publishers, 3 Feasts, a collaboration with Chef Erik Cannella, Rule29 design and O’Neill Printing and Good Design for Rockport Publishers.

Terry has a long history of work on behalf of causes & worthy organizations. He serves on the Seattle AIGA Link Leadership Team, having helped found the outreach program in Seattle 20 years ago. Link works with high school students from many area schools hosting art workshops and scholarships to edify and encourage self-esteem and self-expression. Terry was a Board Member and Vice-President for AIGA Seattle for eight years. He co-chaired and contributed artwork to Oodles of Doodles For Your Noodle project: an award-winning activity book for hospitalized and seriously ill children for the non-profit foundation Art with Heart – the first of many for the notable organization. With AIGA Seattle, he helped lead SoulFood, an effort feeding homeless teens at the Orion Center. To support efforts around developmental disability, Marks has worked with the Experimental Education Unit, Friends of Arthur, and was awarded a SAPPI Ideas That Matter Grant on behalf of ASTAR for Autism. Marks secured another SAPPI ITM Grant to benefit the YES! Foundation of White Center, which engages youth in music, sports and the arts.

Terry has spoken on creativity, design and inspiration throughout the U.S. to more than 50 organizations and has presented at the HOW International Design Conference three consecutive years. He has judged numerous regional and national design competitions in the U.S. and is an honorary member of the University and College Design Association. Terry is also is co-creator and co-director of Design Family Reunion, a bi-annual conclave of creatives from all over this great land.