Tom Carnase – born 1939 – typographer, type designer, teacher, graphic designer.
1959: after completing his studies, Carnase joins the agency Sudler & Hennessey Inc. in New York. 1964–68: freelance designer. Opens the studio Bonder & Carnase Inc. (WTC). 1969–79: vice-president and partner of the agency Lubalin, Smith, Carnase Inc. 1979: opens the Carnase Computer Typography studio. 1980: co-founder and president of the World Typeface Center Inc., an independent type design agency. Publication of the in-house magazine "Ligature". Besides type design, Carnase has designed graphics for packaging, exhibitions, corporate identities and logos for numerous clients, including ABC, CBS, Coca-Cola, Condé Nast Publications, Doubleday Publishing and NBC. He has held teaching positions at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, the Pratt Institute in New York, the Herron School of Art in Indiana, the Parson’s School of Design in New York, the Cleveland Institute of Art in Ohio, the University of Monterrey in Mexico, and the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, among others.
Tom Carnase started his career with the design division of Sudler & Hennessey Inc. His stay at S&H was five years and he went on to freelancing. In 1964 he helped establish an art studio where he worked until December of 1968. In 1969 he became Vice President of Lubalin, Smith, Carnase Inc. and in 1979 he conducted business as a design consultant.
Tom Carnase has been called "an original master of letterforms" by Idea magazine, the Japanese International Advertising journal, published throughout the world. He contributes much of his talent in bringing ideas to life such as the logos for New York magazine and L'eggs Products Inc.
Carnase tours art directors clubs and keeps his hand in education by lecturing on his medium to schools throughout the US. He is now a member of the New York City Community College Advisory Commission.
Carnase is a collector of awards and gold certificates. Most of them have been for design in the New York exhibits, the toughest of all judgings.
"Fine typography is the result of an attitude. Its attraction comes from love and care in its planning. Designs of swirling patterns, strange marbled and curious free-form shapes, trapped in texture, are sophisticated examples of expressionism."