Alexander Isley is a Connecticut based designer and educator. He is a graduate of the NC State University College of Design and The Cooper Union School of Art.
Alex first gained recognition in the early 1980s as the senior designer at Tibor Kalman’s influential M&Co. He then served as art director of the funny and fearless Spy magazine. In 1988, he founded Alexander Isley Inc. in New York City, with a focus on designing for “education, entertainment, and enterprise.”
Alex has taught at The Cooper Union, RISD, and the School of Visual Arts, and has served as a lecturer and critic in the graduate program of the Yale School of Art.
He was named an inaugural member of “The I. D. 40,” a survey of the country’s leading design innovators. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress.
Alex is a recipient of the NY Art Directors Club Herb Lubalin Award, the NEA International Design Education Fellowship, and the Federal Design Achievement Award. His work has been honored by AIGA, SEGD, AIA, and the Webby awards, among others.
In 1998, Alex was elected to membership in Alliance Graphique Internationale. He is past president of AIGA/NY and is an AIGA Fellow. A recent Graphic Design USA magazine readers poll listed Alex as one of the most influential designers of the past 50 years.
Alexander Isley is a 2014 recipient of the AIGA medal, the highest honor in the design profession, awarded for distinguished achievement and contributions to the field.