Professor Leah Hoffmitz Milken was a multi-award-winning graphic designer renowned for her letterform expertise. As a consultant to the top design firms in America, she contributed to, and helped evolve, some of the most recognizable logotypes and identities seen today. Throughout her career, she specialized in the creation of unique logotypes and typefaces for multiple industries and media. Corporate brands benefiting from her expert typographic eye include FedEx, Nokia, United Airlines and Disney.
As an educator for three decades, Leah left her mark on students through her skilled tutelage in typography and visual problem solving, inspiring future generations of “thinking designers.” Since joining the faculty in 1992, Leah influenced a generation of graduates, many of whom have become internationally recognized experts in graphic design and typography. Notable former students include Mike Abbink, senior creative director at IBM Watson, and designer of the typefaces Kievit and Brando; and Josh Finklea, designer of the typeface Post Grotesque.
Leah’s profound dedication to teaching and her desire to give back to her students were recognized in 2008 when she was presented with an Honorary Alumna designation from ArtCenter. She was also active in the College’s Legacy Circle, an alumni-led volunteer group raising support for student scholarships. In 2013, Leah was awarded the ArtCenter College of Design Distinguished Achievement Award for her commitment to design, typography and education. She is an honors graduate of Ontario College of Art in Toronto, and pursued her graduate studies at the prestigious Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, Switzerland. Awards and citations from organizations of note include: the American Institute of Graphic Arts [AIGA], Graphis, Type Directors Club, Association Typographique Internationale [ATypI] and The Library of Congress.