David Plunkert

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David Plunkert (born 1965) is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer based in Baltimore, MD. Plunkert graduated from Shepherd University in 1987. David is best known for his editorial illustrations and theater posters. His illustrations are highly conceptual, in two styles, Dada influenced collage and spare blocky graphics. David Plunkert and Joyce Hesselberth co-founded Spur Design, a graphic design and illustration studio, in 1995.

A prolific artist, his work has appeared on the pages of Esquire, Forbes, GQ, The New Yorker, Time, Reader's Digest, Playboy and Rolling Stone magazines, as well as in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Plunkert has also worked extensively with publishers and recording artists. Among his credits are the covers for Natan Sharansky’s Case for Democracy and Richard Thompson’s You? me? us?

Major clients include MTV, Nike, and Capitol Records.

He was included in the group show “America Illustrata” which completed its international tour in 2000. His work is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, The University of California Design Museum, and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg.

He has produced illustrations for the 2000 Sundance Film Festival and for Woodstock 94. In 1995 he created the art for the "Yugo Next"[1] exhibition poster at New York's Grand Central Terminal. The National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, DC described "Yugo Next" as "one of the greatest ever examples of public art."

In 2009, Plunkert received the Best Poster Award at the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) for the poster he designed for Antidote Films' documentary "The Dungeon Masters."

In 2011 Plunkert was inducted into the Alliance Graphique Internationale. He has received medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York.


Interviews and Articles[edit]

  • Meggs, Philip B., "Edgy Baltimore," Print (magazine), Vol XLIX:III, May/June 1995
  • Graphis 305, Volume 25, September/October 1996
  • Showroom, Novum World of Graphic Design, September 2003
  • Graphis 351, Volume 60, May/June 2004
  • Mooth, Bryn, "The Man with Two Brains," How Design & Illustration, August 2006
  • American Illustration - American Photography "Profile", April, 2015

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