Andrew Byrom, part of the nationally recognized graphic design faculty at CSULB, was recently inducted as a life-time member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).
Founded in the 1960s, AGI unites the world’s leading graphic designers and artists in a professional club of common interest and achievement. Its members have been collectively responsible for the identity design of most of the world’s top corporations and institutions, as well as for countless examples of globally recognized packaging, publications, illustrations and posters.
Membership is through invitation only and each new member must be nominated by at least three current AGI members. Byrom was nominated by six.
“Being elected as a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale is a milestone in my career,” said Byrom, a member of the CSULB faculty since 2006. “Membership isn’t something you can apply for—you must be independently (and secretly) nominated by at least three existing AGI members in your home country. This year there were 70 designers nominated and from them just six were selected as new members. This is a humbling—and at the same time thrilling—statistic. You can imagine my reaction when I received a letter from the AGI main office in Switzerland.”
Byrom credits his work at CSULB with fostering his professional success. “Since arriving at CSULB from Chicago seven years ago, it’s fair to say my career has taken off. I believe this to be a direct result of the support and encouragement that CSULB, the College of the Arts and the staff, students and faculty of our School of Art provides us,” he said. “The ethos of continued professional development and the importance of excelling off campus as well as on is something I continue to appreciate.”
A British-born graphic designer, Byrom’s work explores the conventions of typographic design in three dimensions, using unfamiliar applications, materials and processes to define new forms. Although his work acknowledges typographic conventions and principles, it also addresses more architectural considerations including physical strength and structural integrity.
His clients have included AIGA Los Angeles, Du Magazine, theNew York Times Magazine, Penguin Books, Sagmeister Inc., and UCLA Extension. His work has been exhibited in design venues across the United States, Europe and Asia and has been honored by the Type Directors Club and the AIGA.