Alexander Isley leads our team of designers, writers, and planners, establishing the strategic and creative vision in
all our work.
Alex first gained recognition in the early 1980s as the senior designer at Tibor Kalman’s influential M&Co. He went on to serve as the first full-time art director of the funny and fearless Spy magazine. In 1988 Alex founded Alexander Isley Inc. in New York City. In 1995 he relocated the firm to Connecticut in order to be closer to trees.
Alex holds a degree in Environmental Design from North Carolina State University and a BFA from The Cooper Union in New York. He has taught graphic design, typography, and exhibit design at Cooper Union, RISD, and the School of Visual Arts. He has also served as a lecturer and critic in the graduate program of the Yale School of Art.
In 1993 Alex was named an inaugural member of “The I.D. 40,” a survey of the country’s leading design innovators. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Library of Congress.
Alex is a recipient of the NY Art Directors Club Herb Lubalin Memorial Award for Art Direction and Design, the NEA International Design Education Fellowship, and the Federal Design Achievement Award.
In 1998 Alex was elected to membership in AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale). He is past president of AIGA (the professional association for design) New York, and is currently a member of the AIGA/CT advisory board and an AIGA Fellow.
He is a member of the NC State University Design Leaders Council and a past board member of Creative Connections, an international cultural education organization. In a recent Graphic Design USA magazine poll, Alex was named by his peers as one of the most influential designers of the past 50 years.
Alexander Isley is a 2014 recipient of the AIGA medal, the highest honor of the design profession, awarded for lifetime achievement and contribution to the field.
Alex lives in Connecticut with his wife and their three curious children. He becomes unusually agitated in supermarkets and no one can quite understand why.
When he was a boy he met the real Colonel Sanders.