Kevin Finn is an internationally recognised graphic designer. He is the founder and principal of Brisbane based independent design studio TheSumOf.
Finn is also founder, editor and designer of Open Manifesto, an independent journal of critical writing on graphic design, exploring design's relationship with social, cultural, political and economic issues. Contributors include design luminaries such as Stefan Sagmeister, Peter Saville and Paula Scher, alongside internationally celebrated thinkers, including Edward de Bono, Noam Chomsky and Alain de Botton, among many others.
Finn also founded DESIGNerd, for which he developed the 100+ Trivia Game series.
NOT SO QUICK BIOGRAPHY
Kevin Finn is a respected Australian graphic designer. Having begun his career in Dublin with the studio that produces all the design material for Irish rock legends U2, Finn left Ireland to explore the world. This led him to Saatchi Design, Sydney, where he held the position of Joint Creative Director for seven years, winning numerous national and international awards, including a D&AD Yellow Pencil and a Type Directors Club Judges Choice.
Following this, he set up TheSumOf, an independent design studio which for the first three years was based in Kununurra - a remote town in Western Australia. Finn is also the founder of Open Manifesto, Australia's first journal of critical writing on graphic design culture, which includes contributions from Edward de Bono, Noam Chomsky, Stefan Sagmeister, Paula Scher and Peter Saville, among many others.
In April 2008, Kevin was elected as one of three Australian-based designers to judge the prestigious D&AD awards in London. Most recently, Kevin was selected as one of STEP magazine's 25 Best Emerging Talents 2009, published in January 2010. Kevin was nominated by New York based author and critic Steven Heller and is the only Australian based designer to have been included in this prestigious list for 2009.
In March 2010 Finn was invited to be the first speaker at the inaugural TEDxBrisbane event and later the same year Finn appeared as one of 100 international designers in the Thames and Hudson book 'Graphic: Inside the sketchbooks of the world's great graphic designers.' Other design luminaries included in this book are Stefan Sagmeister, Bruce Mau, Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut and Irma Boom, among others.