In the competitive industry of graphic design, there are a couple dozen design firms which have managed to gain international prestige with their impressive portfolio of work. In the competitive industry of graphic design, branding is probably the most competitive, as logo and identity design is considered the quintessence of this art, but not all the design firms are the same in terms of international prestige. Graphic design is the most creative part of a company, that’s responsible for identity and appeal, which makes designers critical, so if you don’t have an in-house graphic design department, you need an agency in order to get the perfect branding.
Whether you’re looking for somewhere to work or some case-study inspiration, in this post, 5 of the best design agencies, some huge global players as well as niche ones, but all known for their stellar work and original approaches. The top 5 graphic design firms made name for themselves as some of the most famous companies. There is a multitude of graphic design firms, especially in the field of branding, and around 100 have offices in New York, but which are the best ones?
Graphic design is a great way to reap the rewards of the creativity, as this world is filled with commercial possibilities for up-and-coming talents or ambitious design graduates who are throwing their creative hats into the ring.
Branding pioneer Walter Landor established Landor Associates in 1941, and later moved the company’s headquarters to the Klamath ferryboat, in San Francisco Bay. Headquartered in San Francisco, this design giant has offices today in locations such as Beijing, Chicago, Cincinnati, Geneva, Hanoi, Jakarta, London, Mexico City, Moscow, New York, Seoul, Singapore or Tokyo. The company is offering a full range of integrated brand consulting and design services and breathing thus new life into brands. Some past clients include Cathay Pacific Airways and Volkswagen.
“Great design cannot happen without passion”, claims the company’s statement. Pentagram is one of the world’s biggest names, independently owned, founded in London in 1972 by graphic designers Colin Forbes, Mervyn Kurlansky and Alan Fletcher, architect Theo Crosby and industrial designer Kenneth Grange, but its New York office, launched in 1980, is its own entity. Today, it is operated by 19 partners in London, Berlin, San Francisco, New York and Austin and recent projects include pan-European sports channel Eurosport.
Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv is a independent New York City based graphic design firm and its original founders are like dinosaurs in the field, creators of many of the world’s enduring brands. In 2006 Sagi Haviv became the 3rd younger partner and in 2018 one of the original founders passed away, but still CGH is going strong with recent clients such as Dominion Energy or Beko.
This avant-garde creative shop describes itself as a design firm that “creates identities […] for clients” and was founded by Austrian-born designer Stefan Sagmeister in 1993, renaming it in 2012 when designer Jessica Walsh was made partner.