Burton Kramer: President's Speaker Series

Burton Kramer
Greg Durrell
Burton Kramer with Greg Durrell
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join us at OCAD University on February 6 for an engaging talk with Burton Kramer, renowned Canadian design pioneer and newly minted member of the Order of Canada, as he provides unique insight into his experiences in the nascent twentieth-century Canadian design industry and his career spanning nearly four decades.

Burton will be in conversation with director and designer Greg Durrell, whose film Design Canada (2018) chronicles the story of Canadian Graphic Design.

Burton Kramer, CM (2018), O.Ont (2002)., is a graphic Designer and artist who studied visual communication at Yale University School of Arts and Architecture and the Institute of Design (New Bauhaus) in Chicago.

He first worked as an assistant in the New York office of Will Burtin, then as assistant art director of The Architectural Record magazine, moved on to work as designer at Geigy Chemical Corp., then to Zurich, Switzerland to work as Art Director of the Erwin Halpern Advertising Agency.

In 1965 he was hired by Paul Arthur, Toronto, to art direct the new Toronto office on many aspects of Graphics for Expo 67. After a year, Kramer became Design Director at Clairtone Sound Corp.

In 1967 he founded Kramer design Associates, created the logos and comprehensive identity programs for The Ontario Educational Communications Authority (Channel 19), and in 1974 the now famous logo and identity program for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Kramer was a professor at OCAD University for over 20 years, and in 2003 was one of the first to receive an honorary doctorate from the institution.

The President's Speaker Series lectures are generously supported in memory of Honey and Barry Sherman.




Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street - Auditorium (190)
416-977-6000 x300

OCAD U congratulates Burton Kramer on receiving Order of Canada

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 3:00pm


OCAD University congratulates prominent graphic designer and artist Burton Kramer on being named a Member of the Order of Canada. An icon of graphic design in Canada, Kramer’s career has spanned more than 50 years. Having taught at OCAD U for 21 years, Kramer has helped develop future generations of Canadian designers. He has won many prestigious awards worldwide and in 2003, was one of the first recipients of an honorary doctorate from OCAD U. He also received an Order of Ontario in 2002 for his contributions to the cultural life of the province and in 1999, he was the recipient of a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from ArtsToronto. 

Kramer developed logos and graphic standards manuals for many public and private sector corporate identity branding programs, setting a modern standard for graphic design practice in Canada. In particular, his work in designing the wayfinding system and graphics for Expo 67 and the original Canadian Broadcasting Corporation logo are especially prominent.

Over the years, Kramer has personally donated design and artwork to OCAD U, as well as some of his design library to the university’s library. He also awarded several worthy OCAD U students with the “Burton Kramer Award for Excellence in Graphic Design.”

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of our country's highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.