AL BRANDTNER spent the first 18 years of his life crisscrossing the globe before eventually settling in Detroit, in 1976, to attend the prestigious Center for Creative Studies. He started his career as an illustrator while still attending school, winning awards from the Society of Illustrators, Print Magazine and others. Since then Al has broadened his scope to include graphic design, art direction and typographic design.

In 1987, Al left the Motor City for Chicago and has flourished, rolling with the evolution from “keylines” to computers. Collaborating with many talented photographers, illustrators, writers and others to produce striking, timeless graphics for a wide variety of clients. A strong passion for music evolved into friendships with musicians in art school that lead to him designing over 300 record covers over the last two decades.

Recently, Al has joined forces with Smartley-Dunn Solutions and Scientists of Media to produce web sites (see the links). Al has designed four display fonts, two of which are available from Font Haus. In 1994, Graphis published “Graphis Typography 1” which featured a 4-page spread on Al, along with other designers from around the world. He also has been featured other books including Rockport Publishing’s “Compact Disc Packaging and Graphics 2”. He has shown work in many graphic arts exhibitions and been honored by Art Direction magazine and the Society of Publication Designers.

These days, graphic design and art direction occupies much his workload but, he continues to illustrate in a variety of styles and also accepts portrait commissions. He strives to continue to evolve and grow as an artist specializing in the communications arts.