Speaker Cey Adams


Visual Artist, Graphic Designer and Author.

Cey Adams emerged from the downtown graffiti movement to exhibit alongside artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring. He served as Creative Director for Def Jam Recordings, where he co-founded the label’s in-house design firm, creating identities, album covers, logos and campaigns for Run DMC, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Notorious B.I.G., Maroon 5, Jay-Z and more. He co-authored DEFinition: The Art and Design of Hip-Hop, and designed the book Def Jam Recordings: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label.

What does it mean to design for a culture that has made its mark on everything from fashion, to cars, to sneakers, to fine art?

Talk: Designing for Hip Hop Culture