Aaron Tilford

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


Los Angeles, CA


  • Creative Director/Founder
    New York, NY
    Jun 2000 - Present
    Aaron Tilford Design
    Services: graphic design, creative and art direction, original illustrations and photography. Projects: museum art catalogs and guidebooks, gala event materials, auction catalogs, magazines, fashion show invitations, corporate presentations, kinetic identity concepts, logos and branding, promotional materials, certificates, album artwork, letterheads and business cards, and print ads.

    clients – Leon Levy Foundation, Songwriters Hall of Fame, The Gordon Parks Foundation, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Zac Posen, Leslie-Lohman Museum, Fred & Associates, Diesel, NYU, The National Book Foundation, Caron New York, The Saint At Large, a.a./Antonio Azzuolo, Foundation for Jewish Culture, Alireza

    clients through The Oliphant Press – The Frick Collection, Cambridge in America, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, The Covenant Foundation
  • Senior Designer
    New York, NY
    Jun 2000 - Dec 2010
    The Oliphant Press
    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 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 – 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, NY
    1999 - 2000
    Bergman Associates
    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. Types of projects included: promotional materials and objects, signage, kinetic identity concepts, and branding.

    clients – L’OREAL, Shu Uemura, Redken, Pureology
  • Creative Director/Founder
    New York, NY
    Aug 2003 - Dec 2013
    Spunk [arts] Magazine
    Designed, edited, and produced ten limited edition journals of original art and writings. Spunk is sold in independent bookstores and galleries worldwide. It features my own art and writing, along with contributions from other artists. For Spunk, I have organized readings, various events featuring musicians, performance and video artists, curated exhibitions, and directed short films.

    contributions/collaborations – Lambda Literary Review, Mary Literary, CRUSHfanzine, the JOSH, Exposed: The BPX Zine – Spunk for the Black Party Expo, KAISERIN Hors-Série, fold: the reader


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