Aaron Tilford

D E S I G N / D I R E C T I O N


Los Angeles, CA

After graduating from Indiana University with a BFA in Fine Arts/Graphic Design, and interning for Bergman Associates in Greenwich Village, focusing on fashion and beauty, I was advanced to senior designer at The Oliphant Press, a boutique design studio in lower Manhattan, for 10+ years, working directly with its director Ron Gordon, whom I continue to work with on a freelance basis. The Oliphant Press, and much of my freelance work sense, has focused on foundations, museums, and other nonprofit and corporate institutions. Clients while at The Oliphant Press included The Frick Collection, The National Book Foundation, New York School of Interior Design, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Cambridge in America. Clients since then have included the Leon Levy Foundation, the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Columbia University, Diesel, and Zac Posen. In addition to design and art direction, I also write (I’m a 2017 Lambda Literary Emerging Writer Fellow in Non-Fiction) and have been curating, editing and publishing the literary art journal Spunk since 2003.


  • Founder
    Los Angeles
    Jun 2000 - Present
    Aaron Tilford Design
    Intermittently while with The Oliphant Press, where I was employed as senior designer from 2000-2010, and full-time afterwards, I have been providing creative services for clients such as: a.a. (Antonio Azzuolo), Alireza, Caron New York, Columbia University, The Covenant Foundation, Diesel (clothing company), Foundation for Jewish Culture, Fred & Associates, The Frick Collection, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, GameChangers, Giving Back to Africa, The Gordon Parks Foundation, Lambda Legal, Lambda Literary, Leon Levy Foundation, Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, North Bennet Street School (Boston), NYU (New York University), Zac Posen, The Saint At Large, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, 13 Bonaparte, Village Zendo (Zen Temple, NYC).
  • Senior Designer
    New York City
    Jun 2000 - Dec 2010
    The Oliphant Press
    I developed and designed creative solutions for clients, managed projects from exploratory phase through the production and printing, met with and presented design work to clients, directly handling their requests on a day-to-day basis. Projects included: art catalogues, event invitations and programs, annual reports, newsletters, letterpress projects, kinetic identity concepts and branding, posters, books, letterheads, business cards, promotional materials, and advertisements. Created original drawings and photographs for select projects. Clients included: The Frick Collection, The National Book Foundation, Songwriters Hall of Fame, New York School of Interior Design, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, New York Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Landmarks Conservancy.
  • Designer
    New York City
    Jun 1999 - Aug 1999
    Bergman Associates
    As a paid intern, I assisted in the design process and on photoshoots, brainstormed creative solutions, sourced materials, attended meetings with clients and handled their requests daily, helped manage projects through completion. Projects included: promotional materials and objects, signage, kinetic identity concepts, and branding. Clients included: L'OREAL, Shu Uemura, Redken, and Pureology.
  • Founder
    New York, NY
    Aug 2003 - Nov 2018
    SPUNK art & perspectives
    Since 2003 I have been curating, editing, designing, publishing, distributing, and promoting the literary art journal Spunk. It is sold in independent bookstores and galleries internationally and has featured the work of artists such as Paul Caranicas, Rick Castro, Benjamin Fredrickson, Gio Black Peter, Elliott Green, Scott Hug, Simen Johan, Zachari Logan, Mel Odom, Nicholas A. Prakas, Stanley Stellar, and Austin Young, writers such as Mike Albo, Nick Burd, Diana Cage, Kristian Hoffman, Joseph Keckler, and conversation pieces with actors Alexis Arquette and Mickey Rourke, costume designers Kurt & Bart, artists David LaChapelle and Robert W. Richards, as well as others. For the publication, I have organized various readings and other events featuring musicians, and performance and video artists, curated exhibitions, and directed a few video shorts.


  • BFA Fine Arts/Graphic Design, minor in Art History
    Bloomington, IN
    - 1999
    Indiana University