AIGA FELLOW: NAMED BY AIGA SAN FRANCISCO, 2008
It all started for Tom Ingalls in Minnesota, where he was born and raised.
After receiving his BFA in graphic design from Syracuse University, Ingalls traveled west to earn an MFA in graphic design from the California Institute of the Arts, in Valencia, where he has taught since 1980 and is currently senior adjunct professor.
His first real job was for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, making everything from banners to books and then some. In 1978 he was lured to San Francisco by Rolling Stone, for whom he worked until the magazine moved to New York City. Ingalls decided to stay in San Francisco and start his own firm, Ingalls Design.
Ingalls first joined AIGA in 1976. He finds great satisfaction in the many clients and colleagues he has worked with along the way, which include museums, publications, wineries and distilleries, restaurants and bars, banks, law firms and software companies.