Best Graphic Design Firms Worldwide (Part II)

The Chase

Ranked #1 by Design Week National Creative League Table and clocking over 250 national and international awards, The Chase has earned attention for their innovative corporate branding and print design. These self-proclaimed “creative consultants” provide an interesting sampling of skills like calendar design, museum exhibits, and sports stadium branding.

Headquarters: Manchester

Notable clients: Hewlett Packard, Shell, Smirnoff, Yellow Pages, Alibaba, Amnesty International, BBC, Disney, Fujitsu

Charlie Smith Design

Charlie Smith Design was established in 2003 by ex-Pentagram designer Charlie Smith. Coming from such a world-renowned company, it’s no surprise her new venture was a success. Her team provides a complete range of services like digital and packaging. They take a detail-oriented approach, offering attention to each facet of every design project, from paper choice to materials used.

Headquarters: London

Notable clients: University of the Arts London, Tate, Phaidon, Terence Woodgate, British Council, Creative Review, John Lewis, V&A, Louis Vuitton, Royal Academy of Arts, Yale,

Happy Cog

This New York-based firm was established by web design guru Jeffrey Zeldman and has won more web design awards than just about anybody. Famous for their engaging web environments, Happy Cog keeps their high-profile clients happy with their impressive web design, development, and user experience consultancy.

In their own words, this design studio “behind web standards, and the place where responsive design began.”

Headquarters: New York

Notable clients: , Thompson Reuters,, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Ben & Jerry’s, MTV,,, Standford University


Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv

Designers Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar are like two lesser-known individuals. They began in 1958 and have worked for the biggest clients on the globe. Their work is legendary and has withstood the test of time. With the semi-recent addition of Sagi Haviv in 2006, Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv is going strong and continuing to shape some of the biggest brands worldwide.

Headquarters: New York

Notable clients: National Aquarium, New England Aquarium, Osaka Oceanarium, Tennessee Aquarium, Barneys New York, Bicentennial, Brown University, CB Richard Ellis, Conservation Int’l, Cornell University, Chase Bank, National Geographic, Mobil, Library of Congress, Armani Exchange, NBC, Avery, Aquariums, Lisbon Aquarium