About Jack Tom

Jack Tom grew up in San Francisco and presently lives and works in Connecticut. Before becoming a graphic designer, he was a budding young herpetologist with the hopes of someday working for a museum and doing research. Until one day, someone handed him a handbill for a rock concert at the Avalon Ballroom. That handbill was the turning point, and he knew that he wanted to draw pictures for a living.

After graduating from college, majoring in advertising art and design, in San Francisco, he went to work for a multi-media production company, MediaWest, creating illustrations and designs for multi-media shows.

In 1976, he visited New York and realized (another turning point in his life) this is where he needed to be if he wanted his career to flourish. He moved to New York City in 1977, and four months later he was hired at McCall's Magazine as the Designer to design their eight pages monthly insert "Right Now" section.

After a few years at McCall's, Jack was hired as a Senior Designer by the legendary corporate designer Lou Dorfsman at CBS. Four years later he was hired as the Graphics Art Director, overseeing the design and executions of all the informational graphics for Business Week Magazines.

In 1985, he started Jack Tom Design and continues to enjoy designing and illustrating for a wide range of clients. He was the past President for the Connecticut Art Directors Club and served on the Advisory Board for the Illustration Conference (ICON3 & 4).

He is also an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven and a visiting professor at University of Syracuse, New York University and Fairfield University teaching Graphic Design, Typography and Illustration.