Aaron Betsky, the former Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, describes Mark Fox as “a master at the specialized task of designing logos and symbols.” He writes 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.”
Over the last 25 years, Fox has created corporate identities and iconography for Autodesk, Bianchi USA, California College of the Arts (CCA), Elektra Records, Eveready Battery Co., Major League Soccer, Nike, Oracle, PowerBar, Random House, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), TV Land (Nickelodeon), University of California Press, and Warner Bros. Records.
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, the Nichizu Design Museum (Kyoto), 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 the SFMOMA in 1999.
Fox is the 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. In 2004 he was awarded the CCA Excellence in Teaching Award by that year’s graduating class. Fox has taught Graphic Design 3, Thesis (Graphic Design 5), and co-taught the study-abroad class, Amsterdam: Dutch Utopia, with CCA instructor Angie Wang.
He was president of the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) from 1995–1996, and served on the board of the Architecture + Design Forum of SFMOMA from 1998–2000. In 2004 he was designated a Fellow of the San Francisco AIGA for personal and professional contributions to the San Francisco design community.
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 of corporate logo design, "Logos=God," was featured in Communication Arts in 1999. His most recent article, a profile of illustrator Greg Clarke, appeared in the Spring 2007 issue of 3X3 magazine.
Mark Fox currently collaborates with Angie Wang at Design is Play.
Mark earned a bachelor's degree in fine art from UCLA (magna cum laude) and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Professor, Graphic Design