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Katajamäenkatu 14
Mikkeli, 50170

Company Name

Kari Piippo Oy

Company Type


Established In

Kari Piippo Oy, 1987


Finland, 1945







Graphis Archives

Biography/Work Experience

Born in Finland in 1945. Graduated in ´67 from the School of Industrial Arts in Helsinki. Founded his own studio in´87. Specialized in illustration and poster design. Taught graphic design at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki ´89 –´97 (Aalto University). Guest Professor at Tama Art University in Tokyo since ´04. Honorary Professor, Communication University of China.

Graphis Appearances

Logo Design 5, Poster Annual 2005, Poster Annual 2007, Poster Annual 2012, Poster Annual 2013, Poster Annual 2014, Poster Annual 2015, Social/Political Posters


His major Finnish awards include Pro Finlandia Medal, The State Industrial Arts Award and Graphic Artist of the Year. In Best Finnish Graphic Design competition Platinum Award and four Gold Awards, several Best Finnish Poster Prizes. International awards include e.g. Gold in Mexico International Poster Biennial ´90 and 2006, Icograda Excellence Award in Chaumont´90 and in Warsaw Poster Biennale 2010, Silver from Lahti IPB´91, 1st Prize in Rzeszow ITPB ´93, 1st Prize in Colorado CIIPE´99, Grand Prix Ecoplakat Triennial, Slovakia 2000 and Grand Prix in Trnava Poster Triennial 2012, Slovakia.

Graphis Awards

Gold award Logo Design 5, Platinum award Poster Annual 2005, Gold award Poster Annual 2007, two Gold awards Poster Annual 2012, Gold award Poster Annual 2013, two Gold awards Poster Annual 2014, one Gold and one Silver award Poster Annual 2015, two Silver awards Social/Political Posters.


Graduated in ´67 from the School of Industrial Arts in Helsinki.


Kari Piippo has been a jury member in many national and international competitions of graphic design. Exhibitions, lectures and workshops around the world. Solo exhibitions e.g. in GGG and DDD Gallery in Japan. Kari Piippo is a member of Alliance Graphique Internationales (AGI)

Area of Expertise

Specialized in illustration and poster design.