An Evening with Steve Frykholm

AIGA Philadelphia is proud to welcome legendary designer Steve Frykholm to Philadelphia on Thursday, May 11th to share stories about his design journey. Known for his time as Vice President of Creative Design at furniture company Herman Miller, Frykholm pushed the envelope as the company's first in-house graphic designer by creating, early in his career, the now iconic posters for the Herman Miller Summer Picnic Series. We look forward to hearing about Steve's award-winning design process and tenure of nearly five decades in corporate America. We hope you will join us for this rare opportunity to hear from a design icon.

About Steve Frykholm

Steve Frykholm has worked for Herman Miller, the Michigan-based furniture manufacturer, for four decades. Herman Miller has often led all furniture companies in Fortune's “World’s Most Admired Companies” survey the last 25 years, and has frequently been included among the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America. Frykholm straddled the company’s transition from a small, family-owned business with a reputation for innovation and experimental design, to an international business with annual revenues of $1.3 billion.

When Frykholm arrived with an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Herman Miller’s founder DJ De Pree and designers Charles and Ray Eames were still actively involved in the company, with De Pree’s sons running the firm. As Frykholm assumed more responsibility, Herman Miller grew in stature and size, known not only for high-end classics of the Eames, Alexander Girard and George Nelson era, but for ubiquitous symbols of the corporate office interior.

Clark Malcolm, a long-time collaborator with Frykholm and a writer/editor at Herman Miller for more than 20 years, sums up his colleague as “one of the last survivors from the world of great graphic thinking in the 1970s and ’80s. For me, he epitomizes all that is magical and delightful in graphic design, from the process to the product. As someone once said about Charles Eames, when you’re around Steve Frykholm, he’s never teaching, but you’re always learning.”

In 2010, he received an AIGA Medal, recognizing him for establishing the highest standards of corporate design through his work shaping the visual identity and sensibility of the American design innovation company.

AIGA Medalist Steve Frykholm
Herman Miller: The Picnic Posters of Steve Frykholm” video

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Doors open at 6:30pm and the talk begins at 7pm.


Terra Hall
Connelly Auditorium
211 South Broad Street
8th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107


Advance Sales
AIGA Members: $15
Non-members: $30
Students (AIGA members): $10
Students (non-members): $15
UArts students and faculty: FREE

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When & Where
Thu, May 11, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM EDT
The University of the Arts
211 South Broad Street
8th floor, Connelly Auditorium
Philadelphia, PA