A Look Back at Theo Dimson
July 18, 2019
Graphic designer Theo Dimson (1930-2012) holds a well-deserved place in Canadian graphic design history.
The OCAD grad’s exuberant yet elegant designs won awards and international applause with exhibits in Finland, Poland, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, and the US. Couple that with work published in Canadian Art, Creativity Magazine, Studio Magazine, the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, Art Direction Magazine, Idea Magazine (Japan), and Graphis magazine (Switzerland) and you get why he’s known as one of the most influential graphic designers this country has ever produced.
Best known for his movie posters (see Great Canadian Posters) his career also included commercial design work for Hollywood films, Canada Post, magazines, fashion and retail.
According to AA Founder Georges Haroutiun, “Theo could look like a distinguished gentleman one day, and a rock star with a leather jacket and pants the next.”
God bless the 80s. And the eternal beauty of great creative.
Here’s a look at some of Theo Dimson’s superlative work: