Vaughn Fender is an artist, designer, and educator born in Kingston, Jamaica. He draws inspiration from vibrant colors, bustling streets, and music with good vibes. His primary areas of work are design and illustration, and he strives to create bold and engaging brands that are guided by research and infused with strategy.

Fender has worked as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford, Hartford Art School. In his class, "Problem Solving," he pushed his students to explore the design process, the importance of research, creative exploration, and curiosity as a means to deeper conceptual and critical thinking.

Fender is also the co-founder of a joint studio practice called MadeOffline. Along with his partner, he works with a range of clients from individuals/start-ups to established corporations. The studio has produced work for Slack, Creature Flora, and ESPN.

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Past & Present Clients

Corporate & Financial Services:
Atlas Air, Barnum Financial Group, Beohringer Ingelheim, FactSet, Muehlstein, Prudential Retirement, Right Management, Workman Group

Retail &  Fashion:
Converse, Cotton Bureau, Pottery Barn, TJ Maxx

Media & Technology:
American Express, ESPN, ESPN W, Gimlet Media, MailChimp, Mastercard, Slack, Vox Media

Education & Non-profit:
Business Council of Fairfield County, Greenwich Academy, Hartford Art School, Hopkins School, Hillary for America, Sarah Lawrence College, University of Scranton, St. Joseph’s College, Stamford Public Schools, University of Buffalo, University of Connecticut, Westminster School

Knopf Books, Levine Querido, Penguin/Random House, Hallmark

HealthCare & Pharma:
Creature Flora, Foundation Medicine

Hospitality & Lifestyle:
Eko Clubhouse


P&I Eddy Awards, APEX Award, PRINT Regional Design Annual, GDUSA Awards, Connecticut Art Director’s Club Awards, HOW International Design Awards, Hatch Award, American Package Design


Buzzfeed, FPO (UnderConsideration), Beautiful Decay, Design Work Life, The Shortlist, The Laughing Squid, Designspiration, FFFFound, Ten Pennies, PaperCrave, SoulPancake Tumblr, Typography Served.


Substack ︎︎︎

Illustration PDF Folio︎︎︎

University of Hartford,
Hartford Art School

Talks & Visits
︎︎︎Yale MFA Design Program
︎︎︎University of Hartford
︎︎︎University of Bridgeport
︎︎︎Foundation Medicine

 © Vaughn Fender