Erik Adigard

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Erik Adigard is a CCA graduate and founder of M-A-D, an interdisciplinary design agency with expertise in branding, interaction design, visual communication and media arts. He conceives iconography, narratives, information structures and design systems, applied to brand positioning, product definition, collateral design, app interfaces, media installations and environmental design.

Notable works include numerous visual essays and websites for Wired, the short documentary Webdreamer, the book Architecture Must Burn, as well as branding campaigns for IBM and Compaq. Large exhibit commissions include biennales in Paris, Lisbon, St Etienne and Venice. M-A-D’s work has drawn international recognition for its conceptual and innovative contributions. The Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design, Rome Prize in Design and Venice Biennale Special Mention are among Erik’s top awards. M-A-D’s work is in collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Library, the Library of Congress, SPMD in Montreal, and the Wellcome Trust in London, and is frequently featured in major international exhibitions, film festivals and publications, such as The Sundance Film Festival, the Denver Art Museum, the Pasadena Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, the Toronto International Airport, and Meggs’ History of Graphic Design.

Related activities include editorial essays, speaking engagements and advising for institutions and startups. Since 2011 Erik has led a CCA Summer Studies Abroad program in Paris. He is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale.

Adjunct Professor, Graphic Design