Vignelli Center
for Design Studies
Rochester Institute of Technology

Burton Kramer

An exhibition of geometric paintings by Burton Kramer was held in the University Gallery at RIT in 2014.


Kramer was born in 1932 in New York City. After graduating from Yale University with an MFA in Graphic Design, and a BSc From The Institute of Design, Chicago in Visual Communication, Kramer began working in the late 1950s for Will Burtin, then as Assistant Art Director of The Architectural Record, for Geigy Chemical and Pharmaceuticals In Ardsley, New York, and then as Art Director at the Erwin Halpern advertising agency in Zurich, Switzerland.


Burton Kramer



He moved to Toronto in late 1965 and his work was prominent at Expo 67, where he designed the map – directory system, among other contributions. His work from this period shows the influence of Op Art. He has pieces featured in the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress. He has archives of his work in the collections of The Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, and the Cary Graphic Design Archive at Rochester Institute of Technology.





He is well known for designing the distinctive 1974 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation logo, consisting of a stylized letter “C” (for Canada) radiating in all directions, representing broadcasting. In 1966-67, he was Director of Corporate Design for Clairtone Sound Corp., redesigning their logo and many other aspects of their graphic identity. In late 1967 he founded Kramer Design Associates Limited, a multi-media firm specializing in corporate I.D. Programs, signage systems and print. Kramer was a professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design (part-time faculty) for 21 years, lectured at Universities in Mexico, Canada, the U.S.A. and Switzerland.



He has been a member of AGI. Alliance Graphique Internationale and an Academician of the Royal Canadian Academy of Art since 1974. He is listed in Who’s Who in American Art, Canadian Who’s Who, Who’s Who in The World, and many others. Kramer is currently active as an artist, showing his geometric abstractions at galleries in Canada and abroad.