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.