Photo courtesy of Robert Taylor’s family
AIGA Fellow 2004
Bob was born in Greeley, Colorado and found his way into design via creating a logo for his high school hot rod club. This lead to a BA from UNC, followed by advertising studies at the Art Institute of Colorado. A lifetime learner, Bob left for Los Angeles, where he worked at Saul Bass and Associates while taking night classes at the Art Center College of Design. In 1969, Bob returned to Denver and was the first employee hired at Monigle. Six years later, he founded his own firm. A member of the AIGA since 1978, Bob joined 22 other designers in forming AIGA Colorado in 1989. He also served on the board of ADCD, becoming their unofficial historian until 2005. He was inducted in the ADCD Hall of Fame and received their Legacy Award in 2003.
The design community lost Bob in 2010. At that time, he was organizing his archives from the International Design Conference in Aspen 1951-2004. His collection of Saul Bass designs was donated to the RMCAD and his ADCD archives were entrusted to the Denver Public Library, entitled “The Robert Taylor ADCD Collection 1955-2000.” Prior to his passing, AIGA CO bestowed upon him a lifetime achievement award and named a student scholarship and grant in his honor — the AIGA Colorado Robert Taylor Scholarship and Professional Grant.