Ken Cato AO

Ken Cato is an Australian designer with an international reputation. He is Chairman of Cato Brand Partners, established in Melbourne in 1970 and with partner offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Sydney, Buenos Aires, Bandar Seri Begawan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Guadalajara, Yangon, Wellington, Muscat, Lahore, Singapore, Barcelona, Madrid and Dubai.

As a graphic designer, his work has earned him an international reputation and encompasses all facets of corporate and brand management and design. He has won numerous international and Australian design awards, and his work is represented in museums and galleries throughout the World. He is a long-standing member of Alliance Graphic Internationale and is a past AGI President (1997 – 2000).

The World’s largest student design conference was founded by Ken Cato in 1991. For more than twenty years, agIdeas International Design Week now attracts annually over 4,500 young designers and over 40 speakers from around the World. In 1995, Ken was awarded the first Australian Honorary Doctorate of Design from Swinburne University and was inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ of the inaugural Victorian Design Awards. Ken is a foundation member of the Australian Writers and Art Directors Association, a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, ICOGRADA, Design Institute of Australia (Hall of Fame inductee in 2005), Australian Marketing Institute, Industrial Design Council of Australia, and is Patron of the Australian Academy of Design.

In 2006, Ken was awarded the Victorian Premier’s Award for Design Leadership and in 2009 was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Executive Board of ICOGRADA. In 2011, he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from Monash University and in 2012 was also inducted into the AGDA Hall of Fame. In 2013, Ken received an Officer of the Order of Australia award in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Ken is also an acclaimed author and has written numerous books. Major design publications include three editions of ‘First Choice’ Published in 1989, 1996, 2003. ‘GD 3D – Graphic Design in the Third Dimension’, ‘Design for Business’, ‘Cato Design’, ‘Design By Thinking’, ‘Cato Partners’ and the recently released ‘Experiences’, presenting the company’s philosophy and a selection of projects. The publication about Ken, ‘Ken Cato: The Dimensions of Design’ forms part of the International Graphic Design Series published by Images Publishing, 2002.