Noel Martin

Graphic Designer, Deceased Person

1922 – 2009


Who was Noel Martin?

Noel Martin was an American graphic designer.

Not to be confused with the British born actor and singer Noel Martin born 1988.

He studied drawing, painting, and printmaking at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, where he later became an instructor. He was self-taught in typography and design, which were his main activities for the bulk of his career.

Martin worked as a freelance graphic designer and art director. His clients included Champion Papers, Federated Department Stores, Xomox Corporation, Dreyfus Corporation, The New Republic magazine, Hebrew Union College, and many other industrial, educational, and cultural organizations. He was the Designer for the Cincinnati Art Museum since 1947.

Martin was at the forefront of the movement to simplify and remove the clutter from catalogs of all varieties—from industrial parts catalogs to art museum catalogs.

Martin attended the Art Academy of Cincinnati, studying painting, drawing, and printmaking. His education was interrupted by World War II, when he spent time in the Air Force working in camouflage.

Later, he taught at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and was adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati, and he had major one-man exhibitions in the United States and Canada. His work was included in the exhibition, "Four American Designers", at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, in 1953, and in a one-man exhibition at the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1958.

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Apr 19, 1922
  • United States of America
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati
Feb 23, 2009

on July 23, 2013


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