Norman Ibarra (norm)

I am a New York-based communication designer specializing in branding and iconography.

I received my BFA in Graphic Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

My interests include natural history, silkscreening, maps, letterpress printing, curbside junk, and the resilience of sea life in the Gowanus Canal.

I was born and raised in lower California (Mexico), and schooled and lived in upper California (USA). I have worked as a jewelry salesman, parking attendant, stock-room associate, busboy, banquet server, room service server, prep cook and graphic designer.

From these many trades I have learned to always keep a sharp knife in the kitchen, to lift with my legs, to juggle multiple projects, to take rudeness in stride, to pay attention to the little details, and most importantly, to always say please and thank you.

Press, Publications & Shows

Selected online

The Dieline
Animal NY
Core 77
New York Writes Itself
Doobie Brain
Subway Art Blog
Creativity Online
The Strange Attractor
Incredible Things
Daily Design News
Hype Brazil


Creative Quarterly issue 13, 2008
Student Gold: v. Issue 5, the Journal of Experimental Typography

Adobe Design Achievement Awards, 2008
Semifinalist: Dewey Decimal Classification System

Adobe design achievement awards, 2007
Semifinalist: v. Issue 5 the Journal of Experimental Typography


Single Fare 3, RH Gallery, 2013
Member Art Show, Gowanus Print Lab, 2012
Progressive Art collection, Mayfield Village, Ohio 2012