Graphic design positions in the 1980s and 1990s were filled by graphic designers with backgrounds in the humanities, the social sciences, law, or education, and the work was often done by young professionals.
Among the most prolific designers were graphic designers like Marc Albin, who has been credited with designing the first ever video game console, and Paul Buchheit, who created the first “virtual” 3-D printer.
There are numerous other names on this list, including graphic designers at Microsoft, Sony, Microsoft Research, and Apple.
Here are five of the most important graphic designers in the industry today.
Marc Albins Graphic Designer at Microsoft Marc Albiani worked at Microsoft for 18 years, from 1988 to 1995.
He joined the company in 1986 as a Senior Design Engineer.
In 1995, he was promoted to Senior Design Programmer and was named Chief Architect in 2002.
Albin joined Microsoft in 1984 as a software engineer and in 1995 was named Program Manager for Visual Basic for Applications.
In 2001, he became Chief Designer for the Visual Basic, a high-level language for computer graphics.
At Microsoft, Albin was responsible for the development of Visual Basic 7, which was the first version of the language to be used by Microsoft products.
He has worked on Windows, OS/2, and Windows Server, among other products.
Albini has a degree in design from Stanford University and a master’s degree in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Paul Buchbheit Graphic Designer, Microsoft Paul Buchbaum worked at the company from 1993 to 2005.
He was promoted from Senior Designer in 2003 to Senior Programmer in 2006.
He became a Senior Program Manager in 2005.
Buchheit joined Microsoft as a program manager in 2003.
He served as Program Manager from 2006 until his retirement in 2015.
Buchbach worked on Microsoft’s Windows and Office products from the late 1990s to early 2000s, and he has worked at other companies as a programmer and a designer.
His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and his books include Graphic Designers: A Memoir, The New York Times Book Review, and The World of Graphic Design.
Pauls Buchheit has been honored with several awards, including the American Institute of Graphic Arts’ Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
His graphic design has been featured in magazines like Glamour and Wired.
He is the author of many books and articles.
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