Martin French is an illustrator, designer and educator based in Portland, Oregon.
His distinctive style, an interplay of marks, signs, and symbols spanning a diverse
media context—has been recognised internationally for its dynamic visual exploration of life and culture. His images have won awards from the leading visual communication organisations across the United States, including Gold Medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles.
His clients include Apple, Dreamworks, ESPN, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Joffrey Ballet, NBA, NFL, Nike, The New York Times, The Olympic Games, and Sony Entertainment.
Born in the San Francisco Bay Area, Martin has a BFA in Illustration from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. He spent 8 years as a designer and design director at Microsoft before launching Martin French Studio in 1996 while based in Seattle. 10 years later Martin moved to Portland where he designed the BFA program in Illustration at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA). He is currently Chair of Design Arts and an Associate Professor teaching classes in Creative Professional Practice, Visual Thesis Development, and the intersection of Design & Illustration.