Robert peters, cgd, fgdc

Robert is a graphic designer and founder/principal of the award-winning firm CIRCLE, the design consultancy he directed for 38 years. He is also a former president of Icograda (now ico–D, the International Council of Design); founding president of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada, Manitoba Chapter; a foreign feature correspondent for Communication Arts magazine; former editor of the GDC Graphic Design Journal; and author of the book Worldwide Identity, published by Rockport. Robert has taught creative communications and design at Red River College and the University of Manitoba’s School of Art (as Chair of Graphic Design); was the recipient of the Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts from the Hartford School of Art, University of Hartford; and served as Designer in Residence in the Visual Communication Design Department, Monash University, in Melbourne, Australia.

Robert is a humanist and lifelong environmentalist. Though retired from design practice in 2014, he remains active internationally as a consultant and design strategist, policy advisor, writer, juror, and guest lecturer. He was raised and schooled in Germany, Switzerland, and England, and has traveled extensively (more than 60 countries). For 35 years he has lived in a low-energy passive solar house that he designed and built in the woods of eastern Manitoba. When not immersed in art, design, or activism, he enjoys nature, mountaineering, and human-powered outdoor activities.