Jurek Wajdowicz co-founder and creative director of Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios, began his career as a graphic artist in Lodz, Poland, where he graduated summa cum laude with a master’s degree in graphic design from the Lodz Academy of Fine Arts and Design.
After working on design projects for theaters and museums in Poland and England, he came to the United States to be an art director at Lubalin, Burns & Co. and then design director at Design Processing International, a company founded by Aaron Burns, Herb Lubalin and Hermann Zapf.
In 1982, he joined Matt Emerson and created Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios in New York City. Wajdowicz is recognized internationally as a leader in the photojournalistic approach to modern graphic design, and he lectures frequently on issue-driven design and photography throughout the world. Recently, in the 50th Anniversary Survey of the “Graphic Design: USA Magazine”, Wajdowicz was selected among the “Most Influential Graphic Designers of the Past 50 Years”.
Wajdowicz and his design partner, Lisa LaRochelle, have won over 1,050 design awards and have earned top recognition from virtually every major professional design organization in the world: the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), AR100 Awards Show, New York Art Directors Club, the Design and Art Direction (D&AD) Awards (U.K.), Communication Arts, Creativity, Critique, Graphis, Mead Annual Report Show, International Biennale of Posters in Poland, Print Annual, the 100 Show of the American Center for Design, ARC International Awards and Type Directors Club.
Wajdowicz’s design and photography work is in the permanent collections of the U.S. Library of Congress, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the United Nations, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Switzerland), the Warsaw Museum of Posters, and Hamburg’s Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, among others.