A tight closeup of Allen Hori's eye looking away from the camera and his skin overlaid with a starlike filter

Graphic Design (BFA)

Allen Hori is a designer at Bates Hori and Open Project—both small, independent design practices—and an adjunct associate professor of graphic design.


Allen Hori’s work for fashion, music, corporate and cultural clients is selective, varied and collaborative in nature for multiple voices and channels. It plays a mediating role between client and audience and translates and interprets objectives into visual and verbal messages, provocative ideas, and relevant forms.

After receiving a BFA in Photography from University of Hawaii, Hori spent three years at Cranbrook Academy of Art, earning his MFA in Graphic Design. He received a Fulbright grant to study in The Netherlands, and through extended internships at Studio Dumbar and Hardwerken, he remained in Rotterdam for two years as a senior designer with Hardwerken.


  • Hori has lectured widely at various design schools and professional symposia, including Designer as Editor at The Design Institute in Amsterdam and Displaced Voices at Gallery DDD in Osaka, focusing on cleaving the relationship with words and images and the interpretation of photography and design as practice and play. 

  • Hori is also senior critic at Yale University School of Art and a part-time faculty member at Parsons School of Design. He continues to dedicate himself to the poetics of graphic design and the resiliency of the human intellect.

Visit Bates Hori’s website.

Visit Open Project’s website.  

Awards & Accolades

Hori’s work has received numerous honors. 

  • He received a Fulbright grant to study in The Netherlands. 

  • Hori’s work has been 
    • recognized by New York Type Directors, American Center for Design and I.D. Magazine; published in Emigre, Eye, IDEA, Studio Voice and +81; and 

    • included in the books Cranbrook Design: The New Discourse, Typography Now, The Graphic Edge, Mixing Messages, Typography Now Two, Dutch Posters 1960–1996, Studio Dumbar: Behind the Seen, All Access: The Making of Thirty Extraordinary Designers, and With Eyes Opened: Cranbrook Academy of Art Since 1932.

Work Samples

Explore Allen Hori's work below. 

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Exhibition Catalog: Kelly Nipper & Matt Saunders: ‘Rose Madder Mirror Time Marker’

Exhibition Catalog: Kelly Nipper and Matt Saunders: Rose Madder Mirror Time Marker

Grice Bench

Designed with Geoff Kaplan

Spread one of an exhibition catalog designed by Allen Hori that features abstract images on a blue background with type placed in the interior columns and horizontally
A spread of the catalog with light gray and white stripes in the background and dark gray boxes that contain white type and abstract images placed in unexpected places on the pages
Two spreads of the catalog with lightly colored backgrounds and abstract images and photos and text featured in unexpected places on the pages
Design Conference Collateral: ‘After the Bauhaus, Before the Internet: A History of Graphic Design Pedagogy’

Design Conference Collateral: After the Bauhaus, Before the Internet: A History of Graphic Design Pedagogy

Designed with Geoff Kaplan

Yale University, Department of the History of Art

The conference program cover that uses type as a design element as well as blue, yellow, red and black shapes with the conference headline at the top in black type
Conference information that is laid out on a white and gray and pink and yellow and red background made of shapes and abstractions
Conference schedule on a white, gray, pink, red and yellow abstract background that uses type as a design element
Fall Orientation Welcome Newspaper: Harvard University Arts & Humanities

Fall Orientation Welcome Newspaper: Harvard University Arts & Humanities

Designed with Geoff Kaplan and Gail Swanlund

The first page of a story with the title Welcome to Harvard and to the Arts and Humanities with bold type for headlines and portraits with filtered overlays
A spread that features a light blue photo spread across the top half and unconventional type layout and portraits with filter overlays
A newspaper spread that uses type in unexpected ways with a half horizontal spread of orange at the top and features portraits of people with filter overlays