Monday, July 26, 2010

Robert W. Taylor, 1938-2010

As principal of Robert W. Taylor Design in Boulder, Bob started out majoring in fine arts in college and pursued advertising art and design at the Colorado Institute of Art in 1962. He then headed out to California to launch his career in graphic design. After a few jobs, he got an opportunity at the noted Saul Bass and Associates, where his versatility and hard-working attitude kept him busy for the next three and a half years.

In 1975, Bob founded his studio in Denver. Clientele included high-tech, consumer products, energy, education, construction and healthcare. In 1991, his studio designed the Denver International Airport's official logo.

Bob served on ADCD’s board of directors in 1979 as Acting Historian, a roll he held until 2005. He served as Vice President of the Club from 1980-82. Bob was one of the founding members of AIGA’s Colorado Chapter in 1989. In 2003, he was ADCD’s first Legacy Award winner, an award given to a member that has given their time and effort to the club over the years. In 2004 he received AIGA’s first Fellow Award. In 2000, he created the ADCD Past, Present and Future commemorative booklet showcasing the 45-year history of the club. The booklet showcased the Club’s growth and changes in advertising and design in Colorado through the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's. “Bob was a great resource. He could tell you anything you wanted to know about the Club from any time period. He kept in touch with past members and brought them together each year at the Annual Show. As historian, he kept a vast collection of our history meticulously organized in excellent condition,” Jennifer Beam, ADCD Historian.

In the spring of 2010, the Denver Public Library accepted Bob's ADCD collection and named it “The Robert Taylor ADCD Collection 1955-2000” as part of the libraries permanent archive. Bob talked about the collection by saying, “This is a complete story of the organization and how it reinvents itself every few years. To have it all together in one place is amazing.” The collection is organized by year and includes event posters and brochures, annual show booklets and awards. It is an inspirational body of work. Once the collection is available for viewing, the Club plans to hold an event there to showcase our history.

Bob will be sadly missed. He was a huge contributor to the club with his time, knowledge and creative talent. Visit for more about Bob. Please visit to sign online guest book.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 29, 2010, at the First Christian Church, 2230 13th St., Greeley. Interment at 2 p.m. Thursday Linn Grove Cemetery. Bob is survived by his daughter, Jennifer and her husband Ron of Golden; a granddaughter, Taylor of Golden; and a brother, Jack Taylor of Greeley.


katherinemccoy said...

Robert Taylor was so positive and had much to do with establishing real professionalism here in the Denver design community. He always had an eye to the future with an openness to new ideas; yet he also had a historical perspective and archived important Denver design. We have always thought of him as a Dean of Denver Graphic Design. Robert was a true gentleman and I am so grateful to have known him.

Fred said...

Bob Taylor was definitely a Denver Legend and from the moment I met him I knew he was one of those special human beings that cared not only about design but about the way design can make a difference in our world. Bob's passion for design history, his love of the design industry and his dedication to students will always be something that I will remember about him. I too am so grateful to have known this man and will truely miss his laugh, the smile and his gift for making us happy.