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david vanden-eynden

David Vanden-Eynden


David grew up in the suburbs outside of Cincinnati OH. A childhood filled with curiosity and tinkering led him to The Ohio State University where he earned a BS in Industrial Design with a Visual Communications major. After graduation he moved to San Francisco where the design scene was more challenging than Columbus. After a four-year stint in San Francisco, he moved to New York (“if you want to run with the big dogs you have get off the porch,” he says) and together with Chris Calori, his life long partner, formed Calori & Vanden-Eynden, Ltd. The firm specializes in environmental graphic design (EGD) and has had the good fortune to have completed projects throughout the US and Asia. Early practitioners of EGD, David and Chris helped establish the field as an integral component of the built environment. David has been recognized as one of the 25 most influential designers in the field of EGD. Both he and Chris Calori are Fellows of the Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) and have taught, lectured, presented, and lobbied about the field.



Fortunately, design is not static so knowing that the future of design is an evolutionary process is actually reassuring. It keeps it exciting. Let’s face it, technology is the 800-pound gorilla in the room and it is quickening the pace of design evolution. Our clients are asking us to incorporate more technology into the work we do. This is the new normal. However, the underlying needs of people using an environment remain the same: to be reassured; to not be lost; to understand where you are; to feel confident. Our goal remains the same ‒to make life a little easier and more beautiful through thoughtful planning and design.

Favorite Color?
Black and white

Favorite Typeface?
I like so many, but the ones I use most frequently are Univers, Futura, Helvetica, Gotham

Favorite App?

Favorite TV Show?
Monty Python

Favorite Book?
I read mainly non-fiction however I do like Carl Hiaasen’s books

Favorite Movie?
Blade Runner

Favorite Musician or Band?
I’m terrible at remembering names, but if you hum a few bars…

Favorite Fine Artist?
Too many to list

Favorite Gadget?
My Porsche

Bookmarked Websites?
My bank, NOAA

Talent You Wished You Possessed?
A singing voice ‒ I can’t carry a tune in a bucket.

Greatest Strength as a Designer?
No pre-conceived notions

Biggest Weakness as a Designer?
Not knowing when to stop