An Artist at Work: Inside the Studio with Seymour Chwast

Seymour Chwast, Designer, Illustrator

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10 Videos (45m)
    • Introduction

    • Biography

    • War

    • The Push Pin Graphic

    • Recognition

    • Books

    • Later Series

    • Process Video

    • Looking Ahead

    • What's Next?


About This Class

Let the history of design fuel your creativity today.

This class is unlike anything else you've seen on Skillshare. Combining the best of a career retrospective and master seminar, you'll join iconic designer and illustrator Seymour Chwast to explore his decades-long career — and ways to bring a clever, creative sensibility into your own work.

Each bite-sized lesson features exclusive interview footage, exploring:

  • Seymour's creative process
  • 100+ projects that defined 20th-century visual culture
  • How artists can use style & wit to respond to the needs of their time

Plus, the class resources are packed with links and reading to further your creative journey.

One of the most influential designers and illustrators of the last century, Seymour is perhaps best known for co-founding Push Pin Studios with Milton Glaser in 1954; their work was honored and exhibited at the Louvre Museum in Paris in 1970. Seymour is also a member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame and a recipient of the AIGA Medal.

Whether you're eager to appreciate great design or you're a professional seeking to regain your creative spark, you'll love exploring the world of Seymour Chwast.



Selection of Work by Seymour Chwast via the Seymour Chwast Archive

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Seymour Chwast

Designer, Illustrator

Seymour Chwast is an American graphic designer known for his diverse body of work, and lasting influence on visual culture. He is a founding partner of the celebrated Push Pin Studios, whose revolutionary work altered the course of contemporary graphic communication in the 1960s, and continues to affect the field of design worldwide. In 1985, the studio’s name was changed to The Pushpin Group, of which Chwast is the director.

Developing and refining his innovative approach to design over the course of six decades, Chwast’s clients include the New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and Print, as well as leading corporations, advertising agencies, and publishers both in the United States and abroad. His designs and illustrations have graced posters, packaging, record covers, advertisements, and animated films, as well as corporate and environmental graphics.

His work has been exhibited in major galleries and museums in the United States, Europe, Japan, Brazil, and Russia, including the influential “The Push Pin Style,” a two-month retrospective at the Louvre’s famed Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and several one-man shows of his paintings, sculptures, and prints. His posters reside in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Library of Congress; and the Gutenberg Museum, Mainz. In 2015, Washington University’s Modern Graphic History Library acquired a complete collection of Chwast’s posters, which will soon be available for study by students and the general public.

Over the years, the major monographs were published: Seymour Chwast: The Left-Handed Designer (Abrams, 1985); The Push Pin Graphic: A Quarter Century of Innovative Design and Illustration (Chronicle Books, 2004); Seymour: The Obsessive Images of Seymour Chwast (Chronicle Books, 2009).

A member of the Art Directors Hall of Fame, and a recipient of the AIGA Medal, Chwast also holds honorary PhDs from Parsons School of Design, and the Rhode Island School of Design. He is a frequent lecturer, with recent speaking engagements at Design Indaba, Offset, Point Design Conference, and the upcoming Typographics. Chwast resides in New York City with his wife, graphic designer and painter, Paula Scher.