14 Famous Graphic Design Firms
In the competitive global design industry it can be difficult to establish a name brand, however there are a handful of famous graphic design firms that have managed to do so. Here, we’ve compiled a short list of famous graphic design firms from around the globe that many freelance designers dream of working for:
Identity: Riotous Company (via Pentagram)
One of the biggest and most prestigious design firms in the world, Pentagram is owned and run equally by 19 partners – all of whom are leaders in the design industry. Their star-studded list of past and present partners includes names like Alan Fletcher, Bob Gill, Paula Scher and Michael Beirut.
Locations: New York, San Francisco, Berlin and Austin.
Notable clients: The Guggenheim, The Victoria Albert Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Cosmopolitan, Boots, Revlon, Sesame Street, Citibank, 21st Century Fox, Harley Davidson, Codeacademy, Princeton University, General Electric, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Guitar Hero, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Sundance Film Festival, Bennetton, Sake Fifth Avenue, Tiffany Co, Alexander McQueen, Grey Goose, Popeyes, MillerCoors, WeightWatchers, Stanford Law School, Rolls Royce, Vanity Fair, Sotheby’s, Nissan, Pantone, Nokia, Reuters, Penguin Press, Time Warner, Walgreens, FIFA, Nike and United Airlines.
Logo and re-branding: The city of Melbourne (via Landor)
In their own words, Landor is “the world’s preeminent brand consulting firm.” Headquartered in San Francisco with 36 offices in 20 countries, this design giant has one of the most enviable client lists anywhere.
Headquarters: San Francisco
Locations: Bangkok, Beijing, Cape Town, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dubai, Geneva, Hamburg, Hanoi, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, London, Melbourne, Mexico City, Milan, Moscow, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo
Notable clients: FedEx, PG, BP, John Deere, Smirnoff, Kraft, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, BMW, Volvo, Volkswagen, Land Rover, Moet Chandon, MillerCoors, Tsingtao, Evian, Nescafe, Crest, Old Spice, PepsiCo, Vicks, Procter Gamble, Cotton Inc, Juicy Couture, Levi Strauss, Rolex and 7 For All Mankind.
3. Meta Design
Identity: San Francisco Ballet (via MetaDesign)
One of the leading design firms in the world, Meta Design has crafted compelling brand experiences for more than 20 years. From reinventing Apple’s Mac OS design system to collaborating on Adobe’s packaging and identity, their caliber of work resonates on a global level that’s tough to match.
Headquarters: San Francisco
Locations: Zurich, Beijing, Berlin, Dusseldorf and Geneva
Notable clients: Adidas, ATT, Apple, Adobe, AOL, Audi, Bank of America, Barclays, Belkin, Bugatti, Charles Schwab, Chevron, Cisco, Coca Cola Comcast, eBay, Expedia, FIFA, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Fujifilm, Fujitsu, Gap, Genentech, Hewlett-Packard, Inkling, Intel, Intuit, Kohler, Lamborghini, LG Electronics, Lufthansa, McAfee, McGraw Hill, Motorola, MTV, Netflix, Nike, Nokia, Polo Ralph Lauren, Samsung, Sony, Volkswagon, Walmart, Wells Fargo, Xerox and Yahoo!
Identity: Vueling airline (via Saffron)
Based in Madrid, Saffron Brand Consultants‘ approach is to help ”transform brands and businesses with the clarity of rigorous thinking and the courage of bold ideas.” Started back in 2001, the firm has climbed its way to the top by embracing globalization and the potential of emerging markets.
Offices: London, New York, Mumbai, Vienna and Istanbul
Notable clients: Goldman Sachs, West Bengal, London, Fujitsu, The Institute of Cancer Research, Vueling, CocaCola and V Festival
5. Happy Cog
Responsive design: Ben Jerry’s website (via Happy Cog)
This New York-based firm was founded by web design guru Jeffrey Zeldman and has won more web design awards than just about anybody. Known for their engaging web environments, Happy Cog keeps their high-profile clients happy with their impressive web design, development, and user experience consultancy.
In their own words, Happy Cog is the design studio “behind web standards, and the place where responsive design began.”
Headquarters: New York
Locations: Philadelphia and Austin
Notable clients: Ben Jerry’s, MTV, Zappos.com, Fonts.com, Standford University, Thompson Reuters, Mozilla.org, and Lagunitas Brewing Company
5. The Chase
Calendar design: BBC Wildlife Fund (via The Chase)
Currently ranked number one in 2013 by Design Week National Creative League Table and clocking more than 250 national and international awards, The Chase has been getting noticed for their innovative corporate branding and print design.
Locations: Preston and London
Notable clients: Alibaba, Amnesty International, BBC, Disney, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard, Shell, Smirnoff and Yellow Pages
6. Flux Design
Branding: Springhill Villas (via Flux)
Jakarta’s premiere design agency, Flux Design has a huge portfolio of work for international clients like Citibank and GE as well as branding for big companies throughout Indonesia.
Notable clients: Citibank, Bank of China, Allianz, GE, Bank Indonesia, Kresna
Branding: Bridge St. Garage (via The Distillery)
For more than 25 years, this Western Australian boutique studio has proven that size doesn’t always matter. Recipients of numerous Creativity International awards (along with quite a few more), Dessein is regularly recognized for their work in design and packaging.
Notable clients: Cafe Corporate, Black Swan STC, Whiteman Park, Albany Entertainment Centre
Interactive app design for Sephora stores in China.
Labbrand is a leading China-originated brand consultancy that is known for helping global brands like Sephora, Continental, Four Seasons, Marvel, Gucci, Pepsi, Quicksilver, Colgate, Britta, Durex, Weight Watchers, Wrigley, Bacardi, and Mercedes translate and build brand awareness in the Chinese consumer market.
Branding design for the Tour de France Grand Départ Utrecht 2015
10. Litmus Branding
Litmus Branding’s brand identity work for Indus Travels A Branding and Design Agency based in Ahmedabad, India, Litmus Branding‘s motto is to “make your brand strategy simple.” They have a great portfolio of big clients in India as well as clients from all over the world. Check out more of their work here.
11. Casa Rex
Headphone and packaging design for a Skyy Vodka promotion.
Casa Rex is a São Paulo-based, award-winning design firm. With longterm clients like Dove, Unilever, Suave, Campari, Skyy Vodka, and Burger King, Axe, Hellmann’s, Tresemme, and Magnum, their team has created editorial, environmental, branding, typeface and homeware design for both local and international companies.
Logo and branding designs for Rugby Romania.
Headquartered in Bucharest, Brandient design firm delivers branding solutions for a variety of big Romanian companies as well as entrepreneurs and start-ups.
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14. Eat Creative
Eat Creative’s poster designs for their branding campaign for the TEDxTokyo conference. A Tokyo-based design firm , Eat Creative specializes in branding, web/print design and content creation. Clients include Gap China, Volkswagen Japan, InterContinental, TEDxTokyo, and Khiels.
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