Heinz Klinkon, Associate Professor, Department of Graphic Design, College of Imaging Arts & Sciences passed away on January 27, 2008. He was a valued colleague of the faculty and a beloved teacher to his many students.
He studied at the Gewerbeschule, Offenburg in Germany, Corcoran School of Art and RIT, receiving a BFA in 1979 and a MFA in 1990. Prior to coming to RIT to teach, he had worked at two prestigious design firms, Beveridge Associates in Washington DC and Chermayeff and Geismar in New York. Vignelli Professor R. Roger Remington remembers that when Heinz was studying at RIT, “he had already been working in a top firm before and upon his arrival was already a better designer than several of his teachers. So, a few years later, when he was ready to leave New York, I proudly hired him right away.”
Heinz said about his teaching, “I teach the skills, concepts and critical approaches required for successful creative work in the graphic design field. My approach emphasizes semiotics, thorough and systematic analysis, the integration of aesthetic, verbal and functional elements, realistic projects including portfolio completion to a substantial level of professional self consciousness and confidence.”
He joined the RIT faculty in 1981, was tenured in 1991 and received Associate Professor rank in 1993. His design work appeared in many publications and appeared in numerous exhibitions. For a number for years he has created provocative sculptures, many of which have appeared in Faculty Exhibits in Bevier Gallery.