Earl Gee (Graphic Design, 1983), has been selected as an AIGA San Francisco Fellow for 2015. AIGA, founded in 1914, is the oldest and largest professional membership organization for design, with 69 chapters and over 25,000 members. AIGA San Francisco, founded in 1983, is one of the largest AIGA chapters in the nation with over 1600 members. The AIGA Fellow program recognizes mature designers who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within the design community and their AIGA chapter. Fellows are honored for their design practice and other contributions in a range of areas, including education, writing, and leadership.
Earl was honored along with Alyson Kuhn and Jim Ales at the the AIGA SF 2015 Fellows Event, Continuum: Celebrating our Past, Present and Future on Friday, March 6, 2015 at the historic San Francisco Maritime Museum in Aquatic Park, San Francisco. At the celebration, Earl was introduced by Kit Hinrichs (Advertising, 1963). Kit is AIGA SF’s first Fellow, an AIGA Medalist, and an Art Center Trustee. AIGA SF Fellow Michael Osborne, GRPH 1978, introduced Alyson Kuhn. The event was attended by Dr. Lorne Buchman, President, Art Center College of Design, and Art Center alumni including AIGA Medalist and AIGA SF Fellow Clement Mok, AIGA SF Fellow Linda Hinrichs, Jane Anderson, Mitchell Mauk, Michael Schwab, and Tom Suiter. Continuum recognizes the chapter’s design heritage while planting seeds for the future. All net proceeds directly benefit the the AIGA SF Enrichment Scholarship Fund, which is distributed to 12 student members representing participating schools throughout Northern California.
Earl is partner and creative director with Fani Chung of Gee + Chung Design, an award-winning multidisciplinary brand communications firm based in San Francisco. Their firm focuses upon high technology, healthcare technology, and venture capital, three of the primary economic drivers of the Bay Area. Earl has created successful branding, print, packaging, environmental, and interactive programs for many of Silicon Valley’s most influential companies including Adobe, Apple, Applied Materials, IBM, Oracle, National Semiconductor, Maxim Integrated, Symantec, and Sun, enjoying the intellectual challenge of making complex technology understandable, meaningful, and memorable to audiences.
AIGA president, Sean Adams praised the singularity of Gee’s work as well as his leadership role in San Francisco’s design community. “Like most designers, I often have the experience of seeing something wonderful in person, online, or in a book and looking for a design credit,” said Adams, who is also an Art Center faculty member. “Invariably when I do this, the piece was designed by Earl. He has been a force in design for San Francisco and the entire west coast. Earl’s work has that rare combination of rigor and joy. He has had an enormous impact mentoring young designers, contributing to Art Center’s scholarship fund and being a foundation of AIGA. It’s reassuring when the right people are honored for their work and service. Earl is that person.”