I’m Frank Chimero (key-mare-oh), a designer, writer, and illustrator. I run a one-man studio from Brooklyn, specializing in publication design for page and screen, digital design systems, and image-making.
In 2011, I wrote and self-published The Shape of Design, a little, philosophical handbook about making things for other people that I wish I had at the start of my design career. The book is frequently used in design classrooms around the world, but the appeal has proven to be wider, as chefs, dancers, and woodworkers (really!) have emailed to say how much they enjoyed the book. You can buy a copy for yourself or read it online.
In 2016, I co-founded Abstract, a software company focused on making design teams’ processes more visible and managable through version control technology. I left at the start of 2017 to return to my design practice, but I’m still an advisor to the company. They’re doing great work, so go check them out.
Aside from all that, I believe one of life’s great pleasures comes from making modest things consistently well. If you do this with care, curiosity, and feeling, we’d probably get along.
The New York Times, Nike, Wired, Time Magazine, Chronicle Books, Microsoft, NPR, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Starbucks, and many others…
Print Magazine recognized me as a New Visual Artist in 2011. The next year, the Art Directors Club selected my body of work for their Young Guns competition. I am still waiting for my first Kids’ Choice Award.
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Bergen, Norway · February 15, 2018
AIGA National Conference (Phoenix, AZ, USA)
AIGA Regional Events (Several chapters)
An Interesting Day (Oslo, Norway)
Awwwards Conference (Berlin, Germany)
Build Conference (Belfast, N. Ireland)
Cusp Conference (Chicago, IL, USA)
dConstruct (Brighton, UK)
Design Speaks (Portland, OR, USA)
Design Thinkers (Toronto, Canada)
Do Lectures (Wales, UK)
Etsy (New York, NY, USA)
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, USA)
How Design Live (Chicago, IL, USA)
Interlink Conference (Vancouver, Canada)
Kerning Conference (Faenza, Italy)
MailChimp (Atlanta, GA, USA)
Mirror Conference (Braga, Portugal)
New Adventures (Nottingham, UK)
Portable Series (Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, Australia)
School of Visual Arts (New York, NY, USA)
Shopify (Ontario, Canada)
South by Southwest (Austin, TX, USA)
Webstock (Wellington, NZ)
XOXO Festival (Portland, OR, USA)