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Cardon Webb

New Mexico-born, Idaho-raised, and New York City-based, Cardon Webb studied under Paul Sahre at the School of Visual Arts before working first, with Louise Fili at her New York studio, and subsequently with John Gall at Vintage Books. Currently he is the Assoc. Art Director of Broadway Books at Crown.

Cardon’s thesis project, Cardon Copy, a visual exploration of self-distributed street fliers and tear-offs, was honored with a solo exhibition at the Type Directors Club highlighting his project. He is also the curator of several TDC shows and auctions, including Beautifully Banal, and Posters of Fortune. The renowned designers and artists who have collaborated with Cardon on the TDC shows are too many to list, but include: Niklaus Troxler, Carin Goldberg, James Victore, and Alex Trochut.

Cardon had the privilege of working on-site with established contemporary artist David Salle on typographical explorations. His work at Vintage books has been praised by Design Bureau and Frame magazines, and his innovative designs for the complete works of Oliver Sacks were included in PRINT magazine’s best book covers of 2011.

In his non-existent spare time, Cardon recently completed a Post Graduate degree in Typeface Design from the Cooper Union (Type@Cooper). Outside of design Cardon enjoys rock climbing, skate and snowboarding, thrifting and raising his newly born daughter Cree and son Koos with his beautiful wife Kelly Sue.


  • 2010

Urban Intervention, U of C. Cincinnati, OH
Copy Jam, Printeresting. Chicago, IL
Anatomically Incorrect, Lucky Gallery. Brooklyn, NY

  • 2009

Cardon Copy, Type Directors Club (TDC). New York, NY
Andy Kessler, Volcom Gallery. New York, NY

  • 2008

These are Nice, SVA Gallery. New York, NY

  • 2007

Said and Done, Stride Gallery. Alberta, CA


  • 2012

Art Director's Club, Young Gun X

Design Observer's 50 Books/50 Covers, winning selection

D&AD; Yellow Pencil Awards, winning selection

  • 2011

Print Magazine's Best of Book Art

TDC57 Typography Competition, winning selection

  • 2009

Rhodes Family Award for Outstanding Students

  • 2008

Henry Wolf Scholarship

  • 2007

SVA Foundation Painting Exhibition, First Place (Best in Show)


  • 2012

Design Bureau (magazine)

Graphic Design for the New Media Age (book)

  • 2011

Frame (magazine)

Logology 2 (book)

Typography Annual No. 32 (book)

The New York Times (newspaper)

Print desgin annual (magazine)

  • 2010

Graphis (book)

Urban Interventions (book)

It’s Nice That (book)

The Guardian (newspaper)

Digital Artist (magazine)

  • 2009

Semi-Permanent (book)

ComputerArts (magazine)

Mens Jornal (magazine)

Profil (magazine)



TDC (Type Directors Club)

AIGA/NY (American Institute of Graphic Arts)

ADC (Art Directors Club)

Speaking /


  • 2011

Take Five, Win-Initiative’s lecture series, New York, NY


  • 2013

Art Directors Club Young Guns 11

“Thank god we can’t clone him (yet), we’d all be out of work.”
— John Gall
“I sit back in bemused awe watching Cardon Webb’s bright career arc.”
— James Victore
“Believe me when I say that CARDON is my favorite designer working today. He/She is an amazing talent with an unbelievable work ethic. Need a thoughtful, beautiful cover, done quickly Then CARDON is your man/woman!”
— Peter Mendelsund
“Cardon Webb infuses his work with a remarkable combination of distinction, spirit, intelligence, and a serious engagement with the world that is uniquely his own. In a time when images are everywhere, screaming for our attention, his distinctiveness is an important and necessary asset. ”
— Debbie Millman
“Cardon uses all the best colors and shapes and leaves nothing for the rest of us.”
— Paul Sahre
“When Cardon showed up in my Omelettes for Beginners class at SVA, I thought, ‘Here’s a kid who knows how to break some eggs. Mind you, he didn’t look the type back then–elvish, frizzy-haired. In class it soon became clear that he had the skills. Good ideas well expressed, that’s what making omelettes (or anything) is all about. Skill and endless energy to make and keep making: these are the qualities that I always associate with Cardon Egg.”
— Sam Potts
“Cardon Webb rummages through design history to create original concoctions of lettering and imagery. His conglomeration of six Oliver Sacks book covers is outstanding.”
— Paul Shaw
“Cardon Webb will forever stand out in my mind. As will our cherished hand in hand sunset walks on the shores of Cancun.”
— Matteo Bologna

Selected Clients