Philip Burton


Philip Burton
Professor & Founding Chair, Graphic Design

Bestätigung, Weiterbildungsklasse für Grafik, Kunstgewerbeschule, Basel
BFA, Graphic Design, Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts)

Professor Philip Burton has been instrumental in developing UIC’s graphic design program. Since joining the faculty in 1989, he has established a pedagogical foundation that prioritizes the rigorous study of essential and timeless design components. 

At the invitation of the University of Houston, Philip began his academic career in 1975, becoming head of the design program in only six months. During his time in Houston, he also taught in the Qualifying Graduate Program in the School of Architecture at Rice University. Together with Alvin Eisenman, Paul Rand, Bradbury Thompson, and Armin Hofmann, he taught graduate and undergraduate design students in the School of Art at Yale University over the next nine years. Between 1975 and 1996, he served as a coordinator and core faculty member in the five-week summer design workshop in Brissago, Switzerland, directed by Armin Hofmann. Other core faculty included Paul Rand, Herbert Matter, Pierre Mendell, Richard Sapper, and Wolfgang Weingart.

Professor Burton was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 2003 and awarded the Julius Adams Stratton Prize for Intercultural Achievement by the Friends of Switzerland/Boston in 2016. In addition to his career as an educator, Philip has maintained an active freelance design practice. Recent clients have included SilverPepper Hedge Fund, The McKinsey Quarterly and Aviation Capital Management. Since 1992, he has served as design consultant to Morningstar, Inc., a global financial investment research company headquartered in Chicago.