Born in London to Nigerian parents, Opara studied graphic design at the London College of Printing and Yale University, where he received his MFA in 1997. He worked at ATG, Imaginary Forces, and 2×4 before establishing his own studio, The Map Office, in 2005. He joined Pentagram’s New York office as a partner in October 2010. His work combines strategy, design and technology, as well as the development of numerous software applications including the MiG, an innovative content management system that allows clients to manage and publish their own content online.
Eddie has created brand identities, publications, packaging, environments, exhibitions, interactive installations, websites and user interfaces for clients that have included the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Menil Foundation, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Vitra, Prada, UCLA, Grimshaw Architects, and Princeton Architectural Press. He has won a Gold Cube from the Art Directors Club as well as honors from AIGA and ID Magazine. He is a visiting critic at Yale University and teaches narrative design at the University of the Arts, and currently serves on the board of the New York Chapter of AIGA.
Opara is an inspiration to many designers. He lectures worldwide and understands that design is “part of a collaborative movement” and strives to merge the interactive, graphics, web design to create innovative solutions for worldwide client. A true talent and his achievements thus far are admirable and a positive source for up and coming designers of African descent.
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