Marc English – Design Shaman

March 12, 2016 - Site Contributors
Marc English – Design Shaman

Marc English lived in the Boston area for the first 37 years of his life, before going into exile somewhere outside Austin, Texas.

As a teen he dropped out of Berklee after a year, not wanting to learn Diminished 7 Sus4 chords. He played all the Boston clubs, from 1979 – 1983, playing in bands that opened for the Specials, Captain Beefheart, Wall of Voodoo, Flipper, Mission of Burma, and X.

After hearing his songs played on local college radio he dropped out of music and attended Massachusetts College of Art + Design. For the past 30 years he’s concentrated on identity and branding and has his work in collections in the U.S. , Mexico, and Germany. The author of “Designing Identity: Graphic Design as a Business Strategy,” English has been teaching grad and undergrad design classes for more than 25 years in the US, Mexico, and Guatemala. He is a frequent lecturer across the country. All his guitars are still in tune, and at the ready. His work can be found at


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