Burton Kramer (graphic designer/artist) – Pioneer of Canadian graphic design

Quick Facts

Born: June 25, 1932 (New York City, New York)
Citizenship: Became a Canadian citizen in 1974
Education:  Yale University (MFA), The Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology (BSc), The Royal College of Art, London (Fulbright Scholar) and The State University of New York
Awards: 1999 Lifetime Achievement Award ArtsToronto, 2002 Order of Ontario, 2003 Honorary Doctorate D.Des. Ontario College of Art & Design, 2012 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2015 Les Usherwood Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018 Order of Canada
Memberships: One of the first Canadians to become a member of AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale), a fellow at the Graphic Designers of Canada and academician at the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts
Best known for his work for Expo 67, designing CBC’s and Clairtone identities, and the Royal Ontario Museum logo.
Currently active as a painter https://www.burtonkramer.ca/

Modernism did and does change the world. Certainly the physical world. Just look around. We’d not have high rises, curtain wall, glass-clad buildings were it not for modernism. We’d not have Guernica. We’d not have flat-screen TV, Eames, Bertoia and Saarinen chairs, etc. I do not suggest that modernism has changed the basic nature of humans, but it’s out there trying. Modernism is an expression of human positivism in the best sense.

Burton Kramer (from an interview with designer Greg Durrell)

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