Garry Emery, design director of emerystudio and one of Australia's most successful graphic designers, has been honoured for his lifetime contribution to the discipline of environmental graphic design, by the Society of Environmental Graphic Designers (SEGD) in the United States. He is the first Australian and the first non-USA based designer ever to win this prestigious award.
The Fellow Award is the highest honour that the SEGD bestows on a member and recognises Garry Emery's outstanding design history and the consistent excellence of his work in the specialist discipline of wayfinding and signage. He joins the likes of renowned international architects such as Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, as well as graphic designers Ivan Chermayeff, Tom Geismar and Massimo Vignelli who are all past recipients of the prize.
Talking about the award, Leslie Dilworth, Executive Director SEGD said, "Garry Emery is being honoured for the outstanding quality of his work, and the influence his designs have had worldwide. His designs are always appropriate, intelligent and elegant."
Projects that have earned Garry Emery the reputation as a pioneer in environmental graphic design include Melbourne Exhibition Centre, National Gallery of Victoria, Parliament House in Canberra, the refurbishment of the Sydney Opera House, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Currently emerystudio is engaged with designing the wayfinding system and signage for what will be the world's tallest skyscraper - the Burj Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Speaking from his Melbourne studio, Garry Emery commented, "I feel deeply honoured that our work has been recognised in this way. It goes to show that although Australia is a long way away from the rest of the world, we should never underestimate the pool of creative talent in this country and the role we as designers have to play, both within Australia and on the international stage."
About Garry Emery and emorystudio
Garry Emery is a self-taught graphic designer. His achievements have been acknowledged by an honorary doctorate from RMIT University and an honorary Bachelor of Arts from the Sydney Graphics College. He is an Adjunct Professor at RMIT University and Deakin University. Garry Emery's contribution to architecture and urbanism has earned him the President's Award from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. He is a member of the prestigious Alliance Graphique Internationale.
emerystudio is based in Melbourne but operates across Australia, Asia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom developing corporate and brand identity, corporate communications,motion graphics, exhibitions and environmental graphic design from the scale of buildings to cities.