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ANGIE WANG
A[at]DESIGNISPLAY.COM

Angie Wang is a designer and educator who specializes in typography and typographic systems. Her work is included in a number of recent international competitions from the Type Directors Club, including Typography 29, Typography 30, and Typography 33. Other international awards and publications include the 2011 Communication Arts Design Annual, the 2011 and 2012 Communication Arts Typography Annuals, Graphis Logo Design 8, and Graphis Design Annual 2013. National competitions featuring Angie’s work include the Print Regional Design Annuals in 2008 and 2011.

Angie’s work also appears in the books Typography Essentials: 100 Design Principles for Working with Type (Rockport); No Rules! Logos: Radical Design Solutions that Break the Rules (Rockport); Typography Sketchbooks (Princeton Architectural Press); and is to be included in the forthcoming New Modern Type (Thames & Hudson).

Angie is an Adjunct Professor in graphic design at California College of the Arts in San Francisco where she teaches courses in typography. She earned a BA in East Asian Languages from the University of California at Berkeley, graduating magna cum laude; she also received a BFA in Graphic Design from California College of Arts and Crafts (CCAC), graduating with distinction. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

She is currently co-authoring (and designing) a book with Mark Fox titled An Eclectic Look at Common Symbols.

MARK FOX
M[at]DESIGNISPLAY.COM

Mark Fox has been described by Aaron Betsky, former Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, as “a master at the specialized task of designing logos and symbols.” Betsky states further, “His designs have the impact of early twentieth-century propaganda, the aura of medieval myth, and the thought-provoking quality of a work of critical art.” Writing in Graphis, Ken Coupland notes Fox’s “talent for compressing the maximum amount of message into the minimum amount of acreage.”

His work has been recognized nationally and internationally in such publications as Affiche (The Netherlands), B.A.T. (France), Blueprint (England), Communication Arts (United States), Critique (United States), Graphis (Switzerland), and Novum (Germany). His posters are included in the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum, as well as in collections at the United States Library of Congress and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. A one-man show of his political posters—“BlackDogma: Selections from the Work of Mark Fox in the Permanent Collection of Architecture + Design”—was exhibited at SFMOMA in 1999.

Fox is the current—and former—Chair of Graphic Design at California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco where he is an Associate Professor and has taught since 1993. Student work from his introductory Graphic Design 1 class has garnered awards in international competitions, including I.D. magazine’s Annual Design Review, Graphis New Talent, the Type Directors Club, and 1st Place for Print in the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. He was awarded the CCA Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004.

Fox has written articles for Communication Arts and Critique, and he wrote the introduction to The New American Logo, published by Madison Square Press in 1994. An analysis and critique of corporate logo design, “Logos=God,” was published by Communication Arts in November 1999. His most recent article, a profile of illustrator Greg Clarke, appeared in the Spring 2007 issue of 3×3 magazine. Fox is currently at work on a book with Angie Wang.

Mark Fox worked under the nom de guerre BlackDog for 20 years prior to his creative collaboration with Angie Wang.

DESIGN IS PLAY STUDIO ADDRESS
STUDIO[at]DESIGNISPLAY.COM

855 FOLSOM ST. #931

SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94107

415.505.6242

We would like to recognize some of our playmates:

STEVEN LYONS
STEVEN LYONS INTERACTIVE

It is not an exaggeration to state that this site would not exist without the many talents of Steve Lyons. Steve has taught HTML and Flash at CCA where the students, always quick to recognize prowess, nicknamed him Zeus.

CHIP FORMAN
THE LIGATURE

We have been collaborating with Chip Forman for more than a decade, and for good reason. Chip printed our stationery system which required a daunting mix of lithography, engraving, and registered and blind debossing. Thank you, Chip!

HEIDI REIFENSTEIN
HEIDI REIFENSTEIN DESIGN

A former student of ours at CCA, Heidi Reifenstein brings a sharp, methodical mind to the design process. We were fortunate to work with her on the design and coding of our site. We are currently working with Heidi on the research for our upcoming book.

ANNIE CHEN
ANNIE CHEN DESIGN

Another former student, Annie Chen, created the photographic studies of the word “play” featured on version 1.0 of our site.

FRANK LA
OSCAR PRINTING

Frank printed our award-winning work for One Catering, Anson Mills, March Pantry, CCA Craft Forward, and the Design is Play web announcement. We can always count on Frank to make us look better than we are. Thank you, Frank!

MARK SERR
MARK SERR PHOTOGRAPHY

Mark documented our work for CCA Craft Forward as well as our own playing card web announcement. It is no surprise that these pieces were subsequently selected for inclusion in the 2011 Print Regional Design Annual. Prior to that, he photographed the Play stationery which was then featured in three books and one magazine. Thank you, Mark!

KIRK AMYX
AMYX PHOTOGRAPHY

We have worked with Kirk for more than 20 years. Recently, Kirk photographed our packaging designs for Anson Mills and March Pantry. Our packaging system for Anson Mills is featured in both Communication Arts’ 2011 Design Annual as well as its 2011 Typography annual; our March Pantry packaging is included in Communication Arts’ 2012 Typography Annual, and will appear in the forthcoming annual from the Type Directors Club of New York. Thank you, Kirk!