Martin Venezky

Martin Venezky is the mastermind and master designer behind Appetite Engineers, an internationally recognized, San Francisco-based design firm that has been running on all cylinders since it was founded in 1997.

At that time Venezky was celebrated for his design of Speak Magazine, an adventurous and groundbreaking quarterly. But soon Appetite Engineers expanded into exhibition design for Reebok (1998, 1999), revolutionary print work for the Sundance Film Festival (2001), and award-winning catalogs for the Wattis Institute, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the International Center of Photography. Recently, we have been called on to bring to life books on an exceptional range of topics from sports and popular culture to fine photography and art.

Venezky’s team is dedicated to craft, process and detail. Our work explores intricacy and complexity, and we allow our explorations to flow in and out of different media — drawing, collage, photography, sculpture. Hand skills mix with digital skills to produce the unexpected and dramatic. This process comes through in our hand-crafted illustrations for the pages of Wired and the New York Times, and our large-scale installations which have graced the campuses of Facebook and Adobe Systems.

Venezky earned an MFA in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1993, which followed a BFA in Visual Studies from Dartmouth College in 1979. He is currently Associate Professor in the Graduate Design Program, where he has taught since 1993.

Associate Professor, Design

BA, Dartmouth College; MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art