Philippe Apeloig is a French graphic desgner born in Paris in 1962. He studied at the École Supérieure des Arts Appliqués Duperré and the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD).
After having completed two internships at Total Design studio in Amsterdam, he was hired as a graphic designer at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris in 1985. In 1987, benefiting from a scholarship from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Apeloig moved to Los Angeles to study and work with April Greiman. In 1993, he was awarded a fellowship by the French Academy in Rome (Villa Medicis), where he researched and designed typefaces; his font October, created at the Villa Medici, won the 1995 Tokyo Type Directors Club’s Gold Award. In 1997, Apeloig became a design consultant for the Louvre, and then, from 2003 to 2008, its art director.
From 1992 to 1998, Apeloig taught typographyin Paris at ENSAD. In 1999, he moved to New york to teach at the Cooper Union, and in 2000 became curator of the School’s Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography. In 2003, he returned to Paris to run his own studio.
Apeloig’s design compositions have won numerous prizes, including the Overall Prize at the 2009 International Society of Typographic Designers Awards in London.
He contributed to recent blockbuster exhibitions by designing posters for “Yves Saint Laurent” at the Petit Palais (2010) and the “Automobile as Art – Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection” at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs (2011). Apeloig has also created numerous visual identities and logos for nonprofits, governmental agencies, and businesses ranging from the Théâtre du Châtelet, Musée de l’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme, the Direction des Musées de France, the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, to the Instituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia and Puiforcat. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris organised a retrospective solo show of his work in 2013.
Apeloig is currently working with Jean Nouvel on creating the graphic identity of the Louvre in Abu Dhabi. He is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and was made Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2011.