Connecticut Art Directors Club

Nathan Garland

Nathan Garland is an artist, a filmmaker and a graphic designer who was born and raised in Chicago. He earned a BFA at Washington University in St. Louis, studied in Amsterdam on a Fulbright Scholarship and attended Yale for an MFA.

His design work ranges from identity, naming and branding programs to annual reports and websites as well as marketing and editorial projects. Main client groups include corporations, foundations and educational institutions. Books for art museums, publishers and artists are also a major interest—and include designing key projects for Abrams, The Frick Collection, The Whitney and The Philadelphia Museum of Art, among many others. Foreign design challenges include initiatives advocating for reconciliation in Rwanda and the peace process between Israelis and Palestinians.

Nathan’s work is represented in MoMA’s film poster collection. Various American awards from such groups as the AIGA and the CADC are complemented by others from design organizations and film festivals in England, Germany and Romania. His book design of “Anselm Kiefer” was awarded a silver prize for the USA at the International Book Fair at Leipzig. His archive was requested by Yale.

Nathan wrote an essay and co-edited a publication on his friend and mentor, Paul Rand. He  lectured and critiqued at various schools in addition to teaching part-time at Yale for ten years. His personal work includes drawings, collages, animation, furniture design and writing. Literacy is a primary focus.

He is grateful to such client mentors as James Elliott, William Zinsser and Bruce McGhie. Nathan also values formative student summer experiences. They include working with John Massey in Chicago at CARD, the Center for Advanced Research in Design, on projects for Herman Miller and the Art Institute as well as working with John Hubley in NYC on animation for Sesame Street and a short film called “Eggs.” Nathan's engagement in the moving image continues to be expressed in film, video and websites.

Nathan has served on the board of the CADC as well as the advisory boards for AIGA CT and the Center for Typographic Language.

He is based in New Haven, where he and his wife, Patricia, raised their two children, Jonathan and Rebecca.