Frank Chimero is an independent designer who writes.

Portrait of Frank Chimero shrugging, because who the heck knows anything, you know?

I’m a NYC-based designer and writer with a big love for museums, playlists, natural wine, and Phil Collins. (Hey, nobody’s perfect.) For the past 15 years, I’ve worked as a designer making brands, books, interfaces, and illustrations. I now do client work through my design practice, Frank.

My work has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, Print Magazine, and Commercial Arts, and select projects have been featured by The Atlantic, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, Time, Slate, Monocle, and adopted by The New Yorker. (It’s a long story.) I’ve been fortunate to speak around the world about my work and design practice. You can see a list of lectures below.

In 2012, I wrote, designed, and illustrated The Shape of Design, a little philosophical handbook about design and making things for other people. Since its launch, the book has become a staple text in design education and found an enthusiastic audience beyond the design community. Chefs and woodworkers seem to like it a lot, based on the emails I get. A pleasant surprise!

A few years later, in 2015, I helped co-found Abstract, a software company focused on supporting a modern, collaborative, and open design process.