Ken Carbone is a designer, artist, musician, author and teacher. As the co-founder and Chief Creative Director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, he is among America's most respected graphic designers, whose work is renowned for its substance and style. Under his design ethos to "unify, simplify, amplify", Ken has built an international reputation creating outstanding design programs for a world-class clientele that includes W Hotels, Morgan Stanley, Christie's, Tiffany & Co., Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and Canon U.S.A., and celebrated institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and the Musée du Louvre.
In addition, Ken is the author of The Virtuoso: Face to Face with 40 Extraordinary Talents, published by Stewart Tabori & Chang. The book’s emphasis on human achievement in all walks of life reflects his wide-ranging curiosity. He is also the co-author of "Dialog": What Makes a Great Design Partnership., a book that celebrates his 35-year collaboration with business partner Leslie Smolan. Ken frequently speaks to audiences across the country about the value of strategic design and communications in the corporate, consumer and cultural sectors. He has presented at events sponsored by Inc. magazine, Metropolis magazine, HOW magazine, the American Center for Design, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the Luxury Marketing Council, and has lectured at both top business schools and art colleges. Ken is a professor in the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and is a featured blogger for Fast Company magazine.
Ken is a member of the prestigious Alliance Graphique International (AGI), and of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). His work has been recognized by the AIGA, Print, Graphis, Idea, Communication Arts, ID, the New York Art Directors Club, and is a recipient of the Visionaries! award from the Museum of Arts & Design. Ken is also an accomplished guitarist and says he might give it all up one day to play with Norah Jones.