Rod Dyer is a legendary figure in West Coast design. His firm has produced award-winning graphics, packaging, posters, marketing campaigns, and brand identities for some of the highest profile corporations in the country.
Rod has been a fan of jazz since his early years growing up in Pretoria South Africa. His first job was in an ad agency as an Art Director at age 18. After paying his rent, he would spend the rest of his money on jazz albums. Another great influence was African music, especially artists Huge Masakela and Miriam Makeba.
Rod has won many awards and has been featured in design periodicals like Graphis, Print, How Magazine, NY Art Directors Club, LA Art Directors Club, AIGA, and more. His work continues to break creative ground, as demonstrated by his unique range of wrought iron furniture and a popular collection of stylized pens, distributed worldwide through Acme Studios. He has also published a series of collector’s books including The Golden Age of Matchbook Art, Fit To Be Tied, Coast To Coast, Disney Don’s Dogtags, and a children’s book, Who Likes The Rain?
Rod is currently an instructor at San Francisco’s Academy of Art University, where he teaches Design and Entertainment Advertising.