Dan Friedman was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1945. From the Midwest, Friedman went to college at Carnegie Mellon, where he received his BFA in Graphic Design. Following his undergraduate career, Friedman journeyed to Basel, where he studied orthodox modernist graphic design at the Schule für Gestaltung. He returned to the United States in 1969, marking the beginning of his career as a graphic design instructor for major corporations and institutions. From 1970-1973, Friedman taught Graphic Design at Yale, in addition to holding teaching posts at the State University College at Purchase, N.Y., and at Cooper Union. He also held positions at Anspach Grossman Portugal, where he was a senior designer from 1975-1977. While working for Pentagram (during the years of 1979 to 1984), he designed posters, letterheads and logos for clients including Citibank and Williwear. In 1982, he designed a book for his dear friend Keith Haring and worked for the Neotu Gallery. In 1994, he published “Radical Modernism,” a lavishly illustrated text which meditated on the constraints of post-modernity. He died on July 7, 1995 at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan. He was 49 years old.
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