Tyrone Drake is a design educator and graphic design professional based in Los Angeles, California. He has collaborated on graphic design, branding, and visual communications related projects with clients in Fashion, Architecture, Music, Film, and Health and Beauty.
After receiving his B.F.A. from The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Tyrone Drake’s career in graphic design has encompassed a wide range of projects in fashion, architecture, entertainment and sports. His design narrative draws upon the early, and continuing, influences of Jazz musician Miles Davis and is reflected in the seamless, lyrical relationship that he achieves between text, image and space. Like Davis, He always strives for the new, and the undiscovered. He is always seeking to move forward. Tyrone Drake has served as design consultant to a number of Los Angeles-based architecture firms, as well as the Los Angeles Chapter of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) and the Los Angeles Institute of Architecture and Design. He served as the first design director for the A+D [Architecture+Design] Museum Los Angeles, where he was responsible for the museums Initial branding , corporate identity, and exhibition graphics.
His collaboration within the entertainment field includes the design of Beatle Ringo Starr’s CDs Ringo Rama and Choose Love. His clients also include Walt Disney consumer products, the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA, 20th Century Fox pictures where he worked on the graphics style and product merchandising for the sci fi animated film “Titan A.E.” , and Los Angeles public radio station KCRW where he designed promotional graphics for the popular “Sounds Eclectic Evening” concert series. His work has been exhibited in the widely popular 101 “New Blood” shows at the Pacific Design Center, in addition to the Pasadena Museum of California Art’s Biennial show. He is featured in “Design Impact” a history of Art Center College of Design’s influential alumni, and “Boundless” Interviews with distinctive art center alumni.
Tyrone Drake has served as Design Director of print and publications at (USC) University of Southern California School of Architecture, where he also taught courses in portfolio design at the graduate and undergraduate levels. More recently he has served as design consultant to Santa Monica College where he developed signage programs and building wall graphics for the colleges new state of the art performing arts building The Broad Stage. He served as Creative Director for the US division of Natsun America Fashion Apparel Company