Benjamin Shaykin is a Providence-based designer and educator, specializing in book design and other printed matter. He received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2011, and his BA in Studio Art & Art History from Oberlin College in 1995.
Since 2004, he has maintained his own freelance practice, working primarily with publishers, museums, and arts organizations. His work has been featured in the New Yorker, and recognized by the Type Director’s Club, AIGA’s Best of New England (BoNE) Show, Print’s Regional Design Annual, Communication Arts, Readerville’s Most Coveted Covers, and the Society of Publication Designers.
Previously, he was a designer and art director at both Chronicle Books and Mother Jones magazine. From 1995–2001, he was the founding creative director of the independent magazine Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture.
He is a critic at RISD, teaching courses in typography and graphic design.
News & Press
- May 05, 2015 - Ben’s Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion one of “Wong Kar-wai’s Favorite Things”
- Mar 04, 2014 - Votelab: Designing for Democracy
- Mar 01, 2014 - Library of the Printed Web launch at Printed Matter
- Jan 07, 2014 - Locally Made Exhibition Graphics & GOLD’s CCA poster win Communication Arts’ Typography Award
- Dec 05, 2013 - Ben featured in The New Yorker: “The Artful Accidents of Google Books” by Kenneth Goldsmith
- Sep 02, 2013 - Seven members collaborate on RISD Museum’s “Locally Made”
- Jul 19, 2013 - Review of Locally Made from the Providence Phoenix
- Jul 01, 2013 - John and Ben win Best of New England Awards from the AIGA
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