Isaac Gertman is designer, writer, educator, and typography enthusiast. As Principal of The Independent Group, he works on the strategic planning, design, and production of editorial and brand identity systems, websites, publications, printed ephemera, motion graphics, wayfinding systems, and exhibitions. In addition to client work, he is Design Director of Terreform, an urban research and advocacy center that investigates the forms, policies, technologies, and practices that will yield equitable, sustainable, and beautiful cities.
He is Chair of Graphic Design at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where he teaches advanced courses in Graphic Design, Typography, Branding, and Publication Design. In 2014, he won the prestigious MICA Trustees Fellowship Award for Excellence in Teaching. He previously taught at Parsons, the New School for Design; City College of New York, in the Graduate Department of Landscape Architecture; and Rhode Island School of Design.
Isaac's work has been recognized by Advertising Age, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Center for Architecture, Society of Publication Designers, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and has been featured in numerous books and blogs. His writing has appeared in Print magazine, Step magazine, DesignBureau, and the design blog SpeakUp. Isaac has a BFA in Graphic Design and an MPS in User Experience Design from Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MFA in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design.