Mervyn Kurlansky

Denmark, guest of 5th BSVC & IDE (2011) Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, 1936. Educated in London at the Central School of Art and Design then freelanced before becoming graphics director of Planning Unit, the design consultancy service of Knoll International.

In 1969 he joined Crosby/Fletcher/Forbes and in 1972 co-founded Pentagram from which he resigned in 1993 to live and work in Denmark.

His clients have included multinational corporations, cultural establishments and educational institutions throughout the world.

Mervyn Kurlansky has won a number of important awards, including a bronze medal from the Brno Biennale of nl/pl, Braphic Design, a gold award from the Package Designers Council, silver awards from the Designers and Art Directors Association, a silver award from the New York Art Directors Club, a gold award from Japan’s Minister of Trade and Industry, the Gustav Klimt prize 1995 and the Danish IG design prize 1996. He was inducted into the South African Hall of Fame in 2006.

His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and has been featured in several publications and exhibitions worldwide. He conceived and designed the book ‘Watching My Name Go By’, the first documentation of New York graffiti, and ‘Masters of the 20th Century’ celebrating the work of the 107 speakers of the Icograda London Design Seminars 1974-1999, he is also co-author of four books about Pentagram.

Mervyn Kurlansky is active in design education, lectures extensively and serves on design juries  internationally. He is a Past President of Icograda (the International Council of Graphic Design Associations), a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, the International Society of Typographic Designers and the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce. He is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale and the Association of Danish Designers.

Lecture of Mervyn Kurlansky at 5th IDE