Burton Kramer

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Burton Kramer
CBC Logo 1974-1986.svg
CBC logo, 1974
Born 1932 (1932)
Nationality Canadian and American
Education MFA Yale University School of Arts & Architecture, BSc Institute of Design of IIT, Fulbright Scholar Royal College of Art London
Known for graphic design, artist
Notable work Ontario Educational Communications Authority Channel 1971, Canadian Broadcasting Corp "CBC" 1974, Radio Canada International 1975, National Research Council 1989

1999 Lifetime Achievement Award ArtsToronto 2002 Order of Ontario
2003 Honorary Doctorate, Ontario College of Art & Design,

Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal 2012.

Burton Kramer, O.Ont (born 1932) is a prominent graphic designer and artist who lives and works in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


Born in 1932, Kramer began working in the late 1950s for Will Burtin, then as Assistant. Art Director of "The Architectural Record"' for Geigy In Ardsley, New York, and as Art Director at the Erwin Halpern advertising agency in Zurich, Switzerland. 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 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.

He was a professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design (part-time faculty) for 21 years. In 1971, he designed the logo and corporate identity for the new Ontario Educational Communications Authority. Kramer is currently active as an artist, showing his geometric abstractions at galleries in Canada and abroad.


Kramer was awarded GDC Fellowship in 1975.[1] He was made a member of the Order of Ontario in 2002,[2] the first graphic designer to be inducted into the order.[3] He received an honorary Doctorate (D.Des.) from the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2003.[4]


  1. ^ "1975 Recipients". Society of Graphic Designers of Canada. Archived from the original on May 10, 2012. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ontario Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. "Order of Ontario Appointees by year of Appointment: 2002 Appointees". Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ "January 2008". DesignEdge. January 9, 2008. Albert Ng to receive Order of Ontario. Archived from the original on March 15, 2013. Retrieved July 19, 2014. 
  4. ^ "College Awards First Honorary Doctorates" (PDF). The Canvas. Ontario College of Art & Design. May–June 2003. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 

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