Dan Ibarra is the founder and custodian of Thriving Concern. He was born in Wisconsin, the son of an anthropologist and a schoolteacher.
He is (in order of expertise) a: graphic designer, printmaker, educator, garbage collector, writer, type designer, and lecturer. From 1999 through 2016 he was the co-founder of Aesthetic Apparatus — a commercial art and printmaking studio that played an integral role in the American poster art revival. One night he slept on Shepard Fairey’s floor.
His design work and typography has been recognized by Communication Arts, Creative Review, CMYK, How, Print, STEP, Rolling Stone, Nylon, ReadyMade Magazine, and has been included in numerous design, art, and print anthologies. He has lectured and exhibited internationally.
Past clients and partners include The Criterion Collection, Benefit Cosmetics, Blue Q, Esquire Magazine, The Jim Flora Estate, Metro Chicago, The New Yorker, Pizzeria Lola, Speedball Art Products, Stella Artois, Andrews & Dunham, Art Crank, The Beez Kneez, Surly Brewing Company, Target, Two Bettys Green Cleaning, Urban Outfitters, and the Walker Art Center.
He has taught graphic design and printmaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Augsburg College, as well as founding his own in-studio art school intervention, Schoolhaus.