Namdev Hardisty is a designer, author, educator, and occasional artist. He and his wife, Kimberlee Whaley, are principals of the MVA Studio, where they work with a small group of collaborators designing books, t-shirts, and posters for Compatriot Snowboards, éS Skateboarding, Mark Batty Publisher, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, the Soap Factory, and others.
The MVA’s work has been published in the best-selling design books Hand Job: A Catalog of Type and Pulled: A Catalog of Screen Printing, both by Mike Perry for Princeton Architectural Press. And their design of the book DIY Album Art: Paper Bags and Office Supplies was named one of 2010’s fifty best designed books by AIGA. Hardisty is also the author of three books about design and visual culture, including New Skateboard Graphics and Function, Restraint & Subversion in Typography.