David Turner

Co-founder & Principal
Turner Duckworth
David Turner is a designer. David graduated with a first class honors degree from St.Martin’s School of Art in London in 1984. He started his career at Minale Tattersfield and Partners, a well-known design company in Europe that nobody in America has heard of. Working for the charismatic Marcello Minale he learned two important things. 1. Without an idea, graphic design is just wallpaper. 2. Not to take himself too seriously. He worked his way up to be Design Director, completing branding and packaging projects for clients in the UK, Europe and Japan. In 1993 he started Turner Duckworth with partner Bruce Duckworth. A few months later he left for San Francisco to pursue and marry his wife Ellen. Turner Duckworth became international, but the partners continue to work as if they still share an office. Turner Duckworth’s work consistently wins many of the industry’s most prestigious awards and been published broadly, including the Clios, D&AD, New York Art Directors, ID, Graphis, Print, Communication Arts, Creative Review, Wired and Rolling Stone. In recent years David has been chairman of the Clio design jury and has judged the Communication Arts and ID magazine annual design reviews and the D&AD and London International Advertising Awards. He has taught a class called “Packaging a Brand” for Art Center Pasadena and he and Bruce were keynote speakers at the International Institute for Research’s Brand Packaging Conference. He has also spoken as part of the Apple Professionals series and the Coca-Cola Company Marketing VIP Speaker series. Turner Duckworth has worked with all sorts of clients, from global corporations like The Coca-Cola Company, Levi Strauss & Co., Amazon.com and Virgin Atlantic to smaller entrepreneurial businesses like Method Home, the Steel Brewing Company and Robert Redford’s Sundance. David has donated design services to CommonSense Media, an organization devoted to giving parents and kids better information about the media kids consume and the SETI Institute, the leading organization in the search for life elsewhere in the universe. David Turner lives in Larkspur, California with his wife Ellen and daughters Haley and Lily. He does not have an interesting collection of graphic ephemera.

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