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Ken Carbone


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, 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 which celebrates the 35 year collaboration with his 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 Masters in Branding and MFA programs at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and is a featured blogger for Fast Company magazine and The Huffington Post.


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 on 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.

The curriculum for The Masters in Branding Program allows students to create frameworks to guide brand, design and business development, critically evaluate brand, business, marketing and design strategies and Master the intellectual link between leadership and creativity. Learn more...


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