Dan loves Vermont.

President / Creative Director

As the founder and namesake of Taylor, Dan is the creative and operating force of the studio. His design expertise and even-tempered, inclusive, “somehow-someway-get-things-done” approach are central to how Taylor Design delivers award-winning communications, digital, branding and marketing solutions. Partnering with clients such as Columbia University, Terex, Mount Sinai Health, Spectrum, Northwestern University, Starwood, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dan simply loves his job. To beat traffic, he rides to the office on his Cannondale. To come up with big ideas, he hires and collaborates with outstanding talent.

On the side: Dan is a Professor of Design at the University of Connecticut and serves on the board of the BCFC’s Growth Network and AIGA Connecticut.

Before Taylor: Creative director at William Snyder Design, Inc., NYC; Designer with Pushpin, Lubalin, Peckolick, NYC; Beau Gardner Associates, NYC; and Steve Burnett, Inc., NYC. Graduated with a BFA in Graphic Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. As a high school sophomore, Dan was homecoming king—with Hollywood’s Meg Ryan as queen—in Connecticut.

Recommended digital field trips: Instagram, NY Times, Nike+, and Map My Ride

Favorite IRL field trips: Jay Peak, VT, Park City, UT, and Point Judith, RI

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Colorless Cars Continue

As a young person in the 1970s and 1980s, my family and my friends had cars in all shades of colors. My Dad’s ’75 Plymouth Fury sported a frost green paint job. My neighbor’s ’72 Ford Fairlane shined a bright calypso coral. My aunt’s ’74 Oldsmobile Cutlass turned heads in Sebring yellow. So why are… Read More

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JPGs For Sale

The JPG image above is named Everydays—The First 5000 Days. It is a digital collage of all the images that the artist Mike Winkelmann, known as Beeple, has been creating and posting each day since 2007. It’s a beautiful piece, especially when examined up close. But what makes this artwork noteworthy is that it sold… Read More

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Legacy Brands Make Changes in 2021

If you happen to be walking down the aisle of your supermarket looking for pancake mix, you will no doubt come across a familiar box with a red background, yellow trim, italic serif title, and a stack of buttered pancakes stabbed with a fork. But you’ll also notice that two signature items are missing—the name… Read More

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Turning Trash Into Art

Photo: Rob Smith Mount Everest is the world’s tallest mountain, rising 29,032 feet above sea level. Each year, highly experienced mountaineers attempt to reach the summit, with over 10,000 doing so over the past 100 years. One would assume it’s among the cleanest places on earth, but that is far from true. Along their journeys,… Read More

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Stars and Stripes Remix

During the assault on the US Capitol on January 6th, videos showed rioters carrying several variants of the American flag. They all had stars, they all had stripes, but my sense was that none of the flags symbolized the wholesome Americana of apple pie, baseball, fireworks, and backyard barbecues. I did a little research and… Read More

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AI and Stock Photography

Google’s algorithms provide me with the world’s knowledge at the click of a mouse. Facebook filters my friends’ feeds and decides what to show me. This is artificial intelligence at work and it is only getting more powerful. Even stock photography has moved into AI. For example, none of the people above are real. These… Read More

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Google Reimagines Its G Suite Apps

Since our team has been working remotely for the past six months, our company’s reliance on the Google family of products has become even more pronounced. I use Google Meet for video conferences with clients and team members at least five times a day. We place large files on Google Drive for distribution to partners.… Read More