awards and honors

133 regional, national, and international design awards:
AIGA annuals, 4 certificates of excellence
AIGA Cause/Affect, honorable mention, series of 12 announcements, 2007
American Corporate Identity annuals, 19 awards of excellence
American Graphic Design Awards, book design, 2020

Communication Arts design competition, award of excellence, 1991
Global Corporate Identity annual, award of excellence, 2007
Graphis Branding 6, Gold Award, 2013
Graphis Logo Design 7, 2 Gold Awards, 2007
Graphis Logo Design 8, Gold Award, 2012
Graphis Poster 2012, Gold Award
Graphis Social & Political Protest Posters, 3 Merit Awards, 2015
How International Design Competition, merit award, 2005
How promotion annual, merit award, international nonprofit design competition, honorable mention, 2004
International Design Conference at Aspen, merit award
Logo 2000, 6 Awards of Excellence
Logo 2004, 5 Awards of Excellence
Logo 2005, 17 Awards of Excellence
LogoLounge 3 Competition, 5 awards, 2006
LogoLounge 4 Competition, 4 awards, 2007
Murphy Awards, 3 bronze awards; gold award
National Association of College Broadcasters competition, best t-shirt design in the U.S.
Print regional design annual competitions, 16 awards of excellence
Print digital design annual competitions, 2 awards of excellence
San Francisco Book Festival, Poetry Book of the Year, 2020
Studio design annual (Canada), gold award
Silicon Valley Creates Artist Laureate, 2017
The Great Design Show, Design One Competition, award winner, 2005
Type Directors Club annual, 2 awards of excellence, 1991
U.S. Postal Service, World AIDS Day cachet design award
WADC bay area student portfolio competition, first place, 1983
WADC West Coast Shows, 25 awards of excellence
winner of Arts Council Silicon Valley’s Arts & Business Award for Individual Business Leadership in the Arts with
nominations by Works/San José, Commonwealth Club Silicon Valley, and Contemporary Asian Theater Scene, 2007

published work

included in 69 books and periodicals with other published works:
1000 Type Treatments
, several announcements, logo, catalog design, 2005
1000 Icons, Symbols, and Pictograms, screen icon system for Hewlett-Packard, 2006
AIGA Graphic Design USA, 12, 14, 16, several announcements, poster, t-shirt design, 1992, 1994, 1996
American Corporate Identity 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 20, several examples of identity, packaging, and signage, 1994 to 2004, posters and cards, 2003
Best of Brochure Design 8, catalog design, 2005
The Big Book of Business Cards, numerous business card designs, 2005
The Big Book of Layouts, catalog, brochure, and cover designs, 2007
The Big Book of Letterheads, stationery set design, 2007
The Big Book of Logos, several examples of identity design, 1999
The Big Book of Logos 4, several examples of identity design, 2005
Blue is Hot Red is Cool, several examples of identity design, 2001
Brand Identity Essentials, three examples of identity programs, 2010
Branding, The Power of Market Identity, several examples of identity design, 1999
Bullet-Proof Logos, several examples of identity design, 2000
Communication Arts design annual, identity design, 1991
Content Magazine, winter 2012, feature article on Joe Miller design and typography PDF article download
Creativity, Change, Commitment:a Celebration of 100 Years of the Department of Art,
profile with announcement design, 2013
Design Basics, Eighth Edition,
identity design, 2011
Design for Special Events
, identity design, 2008
The Design of Dissent, poster published in a book of activist design, 2005
Essential Elements for Brand Identity, several examples of identity design, 2013
Fresh Ideas in Black, White and Gray
, several examples of announcement designs, 1996
Fresh Ideas in Limited Budget Design, several examples of announcement designs, 1998
GD USA, book design, 2020
Global Corporate Identity 3, logotype design, 2007
Graphic Design, Translated, announcement design, p71, 2010
Graphis Digital Fonts 1
, typeface design, 1996
Graphis Logo Design 7, logotype designs, 2008
Graphis Logo Design 8, logotype design, 2012
Graphis Poster 2012, poster art direction and photography, poster design by Lisa Brown, 2012
Graphis T-Shirt 1, several examples of clothing design, 1994
How magazine, announcement examples included in article on black and white design and printing, August 1998
How International Design Annual, catalog design, 2005
JUST DESIGN / Socially Conscious Design for Critical Causes, 2011
LogoLounge 3, five symbol and logotype designs, 2006
LogoLounge 4, four symbol and logotype designs, 2008
LogoLounge Master Library Volume 1: Initial & Crest Logos, four symbol and logotype designs, 2010
LogoLounge Master Library Volume 3: Shapes and Symbols, symbol design, 2011
LogoLounge Master Library Volume 4: Typography & Enclosures, two logotype designs, forthcoming February 2012
The New Logo from California, several examples of identity design, 1993
The Newest Logo from California, several examples of identity design, 1998
Photo/Design magazine, annual report design with article and interview, 1986
Print’s Best Typography 2, several examples of announcement design, 1995
Print Digital Art and Design Annual, announcement designs with accompanying interview, 1995, 1998
Print's Regional Design Annual, a wide range of projects in 15 issues from 1986 to 2008
Type Style Finder, announcement design, 2005
Typography 12, poster and announcement designs, 1991

Joe Miller is acknowledged as an influence on design in the books Looking Closer: Critical Writings on Graphic Design, and Graphic Design History, in the chapters titled "A Brave New World: Understanding Deconstruction." (page 119 in Looking Closer) (page 249 in Graphic Design History)

permanent collections:

AIGA Design Archives and the Denver Art Museum, a poster, 6 announcments, and a t-shirt design
LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), two posters for "Another Poster for Peace"
Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, California, works of typographic art


included in 30 regional to national exhibitions:
Ag: works25, installation of 150 announcements in Works/San José’s 25th anniversary exhibition, 2002
AIGA Under 30, New York City and national traveling exhibition, 1992
AIGA Inside/Out SF, San Francisco, invitational international poster exhibition, 2013
AIGA Maximum Message/Minimum Means, New York City and national traveling exhibition, 1996
AIGA T-Shirts, New York City and national traveling exhibition, 1994
Big Ideas, Small Budgets, International Design Conference at Aspen, Colorado, 1990
Coming of Age, installation of 100 announcements in Works/San José’s 21st anniversary exhibition, 1998
Context, Monterey Peninsula College, one person exhibition, 1994
Feeel: An Exhibition of New Media, James Kaneko Gallery, American River College, Sacramento, California, 2008
Mass Produce Original Thought!, Empire Seven, San José, California, solo exhibition of typographic art, 2013
Officeless, Works/San José, solo exhibition, 1988
SJSU design faculty exhibitions, 1991, 1996, 2005
Spoken With Eyes, Design Museum, University of California, Davis, 2006
Type Directors Club 37th Exhibition, New York, 1991
West Coast Show, included in eleven exhibitions since 1985
What Would You say? Activist Graphics from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Art and History (MOAD), Lancaster, 2022
WORXX: twenty years of design by joe miller, Works/San José, solo exhibition, 2007
47 at 47: joe miller at 47 at space 47 at 1, Space 47, San José, California, solo exhibition of typographic art, 2008

selected other honors:
nominated for SFMOMA Experimental Design Award, 2000
nominated for Arts Council Silicon Valley’s Arts & Business Award for sustained support by Works/San José, 2002
juror, 2009 Houston Show, the 54th annual competition of the Art Director's Club of Houston
juror, 2007 Dottie Awards, Central California web design competition
juror, idesigned it, student design awards and exhibition, Sacramento Fine Arts Center, 2007
Juror, Opportunity Hack, eBay competition for social good, 2013
reviewer, AIGA Portfolio Day, 1998, 2002, 2007–2019

selected invited lectures:
AIGA SF Continuum, San Francisco, California, 2013
AIGA SF d.Talks, Copyright for Designers, San Francisco, California, 2013
"Art of Design for Art," SF Design Week, Empire Seven Studios, San José, 2013
"Designing Identity Programs," Department of Art and Design, Michigan State University, 2002
"Ethics in Design: the Semiotics of Sex, Lies, and Violence" CUNY City College and the Simon H. Rifkind Center for the Humanities, New York City, 2011
"Helvetica in Context" Generation Engage and PBS/Independent Lens showing of Helvetica, San José, 2008
"Studio and Educational Practice," Department of Art and Design graduate program, Michigan State University, 2002
guest speaker, University of California, Santa Cruz Extension, 1993 and 1994

curator and exhibition designer:
Spiele: Otl Aicher's Olympic Graphic Design, Thompson Gallery, SJSU, August to October, 2008

exhibition designer and curatorial consultant:
Jack Stauffacher, Printer, The Greenwood Press, Thompson Gallery, SJSU, February to March, 1999

contributor to:
Otl Aicher: München 1972, SFMOMA, 2009, exhibition of posters and tickets from Joe Miller's collection
SFMOMA, 2016, works from the permanent collection for the opening of the new museum building

published articles

AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, “Logos here, get your logos!,” (pdf download) professional sports branding, May, 1995
LIMN, “Judge this book by its cover,” book review of Typology, Type Design from the Victorian Era to the Present, Steven Heller, Louise Fili, 1999
Studio (USA), “Art vs. design, categorical wordplay,” semantics between art and design, 1994
Studio (USA), “The Tao of typography,” review of a Wolfgang Weingart presentation, 1992

contributor to:
Body Type: Intimate Messages Etched in Flesh, Ina Saltz, 2006, Joe Miller photograph of typographic tattoos
Graphic Design, Referenced, Armin Vit, 2009, documentation from Joe Miller's collection of the work of Otl Aicher
Graphic Design, Translated, Peter Wolf, 2010, documentation from Joe Miller's collection of the work of Otl Aicher

other published work:
Caked, an award-winning typeface design published by joe miller’s company, 1995
On This Day, an award-winning book of poems by Laura Callahan, published by joe miller’s company, 1995

examples of work:
identity design
icons and applications
environments and exhibits
books and covers
packaging and systems
works announcements
social concern posters

selected account experience

other projects:
Spiele: Otl Aicher exhibition
47 at 47 solo exhibition
spoken word performances

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