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Imaginative perception and innovation were the hallmarks of Michael Cronan's design career spanning more than 40 years. As a partner in : : CRONAN : :, Michael created names, strategic brand identities and design for some of today's most successful companies, including Amazon Kindle, Apple, Estee Lauder Origins, Levi Strauss & Co., SFMOMA, TiVo, the US Postal Service and Williams-Sonoma. Michael was featured in the Museo Fortuny (Venice, Italy) exhibition Pacific Wave California Graphic Design, the first-ever design exhibition at SFMOMA In the Public Eye, made Fast Company's first list of 100 Most Creative People in Business and is an AIGA Fellow and Medalist. The work is in the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institute, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, London's Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Denver Art Museum. The Walking Man line of apparel, designed by Cronan and Karin Hibma, won ID Magazine's 1992 Consumer Product Gold Award. Born in San Francisco, Cronan studied at the California College of the Arts and Crafts and California State University, Sacramento. He taught at CCAC for twenty years, was a founding member and president of AIGA SF and served on the AIGA national board, the advisory council of the Aspen Design Conference, SFMOMA's Architecture and Design Accessions, and the NEA’s ART WORKS. A life-long painter, Cronan figured that the above-mentioned doesn't really count for much when it comes to painting pictures, but he wanted to let the reader know that besides painting, he didn't spend all those years just putzing around. Cronan passed away on January 1st of 2013.