J. Namdev Hardisty
J. Namdev Hardisty is a graphic designer, writer and educator who has been practicing graphic design and culture-making in some form since the age of 15, when he was making punk zines by hand or on borrowed computer time.
In the 17 years following, he’s received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, where his work was awarded with two merit scholarships and recognized by the AIGA, and gained experience working in a variety of settings: chief designer at Intermedia Arts, a non-profit art center in Minneapolis; in-house designer on Target’s brand team; and working with ad agencies.
“DIY Album Art: Paper Bags and Office Supplies” is his second book for Mark Batty Publisher, who released his book “New Skateboard Graphics” in March 2009. Both books were designed by The MVA, the creative studio he co-directs with his wife, Kimberlee Whaley.
In addition to design, he produces art works and products that use the language and methodology of graphic design and teaches at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Namdev’s hand-made typography and patterns have been featured in the books Hand Job: A Catalog of Type, which he also contributed an essay to, and Over and Over: A Catalog of Hand-Drawn Patterns, both from our friends Mike Perry and Princeton Architectural Press.