AIGA FELLOW: NAMED BY AIGA PITTSBURGH, 2008
Grant Smith is one of the three founding principals of ThoughtForm Inc., a noted design firm in Pittsburgh. Smith operated his own design and consulting business for three years before joining Reed Agnew and Don Moyer to form Agnew Moyer Smith, Inc., in 1980. The firm changed its name to ThoughtForm Inc. on its 25th anniversary.
Smith met his future business partners while working at the newly formed Corporate Design Center at Westinghouse. As its first manager of graphic design, Smith and his staff had corporate-wide responsibility for upgrading all facets of Westinghouse’s visual image. Under Smith’s direction, the company made major strides in fully implementing its complex corporate identity program and in upgrading the design of most printed materials.
Smith started his career as manager of the art department for Lambert-Huffman Publishers. Additional experience eventually led him to Unimark International, one of the largest and most successful design firms operating in the 1960s. As a senior designer at Unimark, Smith worked on major programs such as corporate identity manuals for Ford Motor Company and Teledyne, Inc., as well as brochures, catalogues and magazines. The Unimark experience helped develop a personal commitment to quality that has characterized his work ever since. Following his experience at Unimark, Smith served as art director of HIS magazine, an award-winning publication of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
Smith graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor’s degree in industrial design. Having worked his way through college with a job in a print shop, he acquired a love and knowledge of graphic design, which became the foundation of his career. He remains interested and involved in three-dimensional and structural design issues.