Featured | Chaz Maviyane-Davies

In speaking about design communication, Zimbawean-born graphic designer and professor Chaz Maviyane-Davies describes the process as struggle, indicating that it is through this process of struggle that we begin to say something.

In my mind, good design happens when a project’s intent is felt and appreciated by the user or observer. If something is intended to instruct, then it should instruct. If it is meant to inform then there should be a learning experience. If it is meant to move us then we should feel the motion. Too much design out there does not meet this mandate either conceptually or aesthetically. That is why mediocrity rules. Never forget, it is artistic license coupled with intelligence that affords good design.

– Chaz Maviyane-Davies



Born 1952 in Harare, Zimbabwe, graphic designer Chaz Maviyane-Davies based in Cambridge Massachusetts. He is a tenured professor at Massachusetts College of Art & Design. He complete his studies in the UK receiving a BA from Middlesex University London and an MA from the Central School of Art & Design, London.

He has exhibited his work all around the globe from  Invitational exhibitions of posters in Colorado, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, France, Ukraine, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil, England, Holland to solo exhibitions in Japan, Boston, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Colorado, Newburyport, Israel and Los Angeles.

He has been published in IDEA (Japan), Graphis, Print, Communication Arts, How, Novum, ID Magazine, AIGA Journal, Lucida, Designer (Russia) Adbusters, FID (Korea) Creative Review, Revue Noir, Art Today, Design (UK), Carnet. Most recently his graphics were used this past June 2010 for the 084 issue of Icon Magazine, The Africa Issue.

Maviyane-Davies has received numorous awards and prizes from prestigious bodies around the globe. MFA (Boston), Honor Laureate CIIPE (Colorado), Tapei Poster Biennale, Graphic Design USA, Ekoplagat (Slovakia), Aniwa Award (Ghana) Southern African Film Festival, BRNO Biennale (Czech Republic). Simmons College (Boston), Graphics Association of Zimbabwe

To learn more about Chaz Maviyane-Davies visit: http://www.maviyane.com

Interviews featuring Maviyane-Davies by Jamin Brophy-Warren for AIGA The Professional Association for Design, New York and  an in-depth e-mail interview of the designer via Retiary.org. An excerpt from this last interview.

Biography source via Massachusetts College of Art & Design

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