©2020 Tim Cohan


I am a graphic designer and visual artist based in New York City. Throughout many different types of projects over the last 15 years, I have assembled a broad range of experience that includes complex visual identity systems, brand strategy and copywriting, custom typography design, environmental graphics and signage/wayfinding systems and motion graphics. I manage creative teams, collaborate with specialists when appropriate, and still design hands-on. 

Aside from graphic design I enjoy drawing and painting—sometimes urban sketching on location with a ball-point pen, or charcoal and gouache at a life drawing meetup. I find it is a great way to stretch a different part of the brain. I also enjoy woodworking and fixing old furniture. I’ve been slowly accumulating tools over the last few years and have transformed a spare bedroom into a comprehensive woodshop. I make furniture, picture frames, and built-in shelving around the house.


Associate Partner at Pentagram

New York, NY

May 2014–Present 

Instructor at SVA

New York, NY

January 2018–May 2018 

Design Director at Selbert Perkins Design

Los Angeles, CA

July 2011–July 2012 

Senior Designer at Selbert Perkins Design

Los Angeles, CA

September 2007–July 2011


Designer at Selbert Perkins Design

Boston, MA

September 2005–September 2007 


School of Visual Arts

New York, NY

MFA Design: Designer as Author and Entrepreneur 

SVA: Masters Workshop in Rome

Rome, Italy


Santa Fe Art Colony

Los Angeles, CA

Figure Drawing

Hartford Art School at University of Hartford

Hartford, CT

BFA Visual Communication Design with Art History Minor

Montserrat College of Art

Beverly, MA

Foundation Studies



Becoming a Design Entrepreneur, Allsworth Press, 2016.

Graphic Style Lab, Rockport Publishers, 2015.


Flaunt: Designing Effective, Compelling and Memorable Portfolios of Creative Work, Under Consideration, 2015.


Raw Data, Thames & Hudson, 2014.


Daily Heller, “Sketching as Meditation: Drawing on Rome”, 2014.

Awards, Recognition, Exhibitions

Adobe Design Achievement Awards


Art Directors Club

Connecticut Art Directors Club

EG Magazine

Fast Company

Hartford Art School

Metropolis Magazine

School of Visual Arts

Type Directors Club 

Under Consideration

Visual Loop