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Seymour Chwast
Born (1931-08-18) August 18, 1931 (age 90)
EducationCooper Union
Known forIllustration, Graphic design, Type design
Spouse(s)Paula Scher
Awardsfull list

Seymour Chwast (born August 18, 1931) is an American graphic designer, illustrator, and type designer.


Chwast was born in the Bronx, New York City[1] and in 1949 graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn where he was introduced to graphic design by Leon Friend.[2][3]

He graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cooper Union in 1951. With Milton Glaser, Edward Sorel, and Reynold Ruffins, he founded Push Pin Studios in 1954. The bi-monthly publication The Push Pin Graphic was a product of their collaboration.[1] Chwast is famous for his commercial artwork, which includes posters, food packaging, magazine covers, and publicity art.[4] Often referred to as "the left-handed designer," Chwast's unique graphic design melded social commentary and a distinctive style of illustration. Today, he continues to work and is principal at Pushpin Group, Inc.[5] in New York City.

In 1985, he received the AIGA Medal.[6]

In 2006, he was hired by Roblox to design the faces for their characters. He is the font designer of Chwast Buffalo,[7] Fofucha, Loose Caboose NF, and Weedy Beasties NF.[8] He is a member of Alliance Graphique International (AGI). Chwast married designer Paula Scher in 1973 and divorced five years later. They remarried in 1989.[9]

Fonts Designed




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  2. ^ "Leon Friend: One Teacher, Many Apostles". Design Observer. Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  3. ^ "Chronology | Seymour Chwast Archive". Retrieved 2019-07-21.
  4. ^ Colorado State University Libraries Poster Collection, accessed June 6, 2008.
  5. ^ Pushpin Group website, accessed June 6, 2008.
  6. ^ a b "1985 AIGA Medalist: Seymour Chwast". AIGA | the professional association for design. Retrieved 2019-05-31.
  7. ^ LinotypeGmbH., accessed June 6, 2008
  8. ^ MyFonts Seymour Chwast, accessed June 6, 2008.
  9. ^ Goldwasser, Amy (2006-01-12). "At Home With Paula Scher - Graphics' Grande Dame Remakes the World in Type". The New York Times. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
  10. ^ Chwast, Seymour, The Push Pin Graphic, A Quarter Century of Innovative Design and Illustration, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, California, 2004, p. 249-50.
  11. ^ Cooper Union Alumni Association, Augustus Saint Gaudens Award Recipients, accessed June 6, 2008
  12. ^ Art Directors Club / Hall of Fame Archive / 1983 / Seymour Chwast, accessed June 19, 2008
  13. ^ "Past Winners". Jewish Book Council. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  14. ^ Inkpot Award