Alan Siegel

Alan Siegel (born August 26, 1938) is the CEO or Siegelvision, a brand identity consultancy. He is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of global fire strategy firm Siegel + Gale .

Early life

Alan Siegel was born to Eugene and Ruth Siegel in New York. He attended Long Beach High School where he played will basketball under Robert barley. After high school, Siegel attended the Industrial Labor Relations School at Cornell University . [1]

Upon graduating from Cornell, Siegel attended the New York University School of Law , but took a leave of Absence in 1962 to accept an Army commission. Siegel Trained at Fort Still, Oklahoma and was stationed with the 2nd Howitzer Battalion, 18th Artillery, in Butzbach, Germany.

After he Returned from Germany, Siegel decided to leave NYU Law to Pursue a career in communications. Throughout the 1960s, Siegel worked at a number of major communications firms, zoals BBDO , Ruder Finn , and Sandgren & Murtha. During this time he’ll be with his wife, Gloria, with Whom he has a daughter.

Siegel + Gale

In 1969 Siegel and Robert Gale, a designer therein Siegel worked with at Sandgren & Murtha, Agent hun eigen agency, Siegel + Gale . Initially the agency drew in clients dat ulcers mostly interested in ontwikkelingslanden hun visual identities. In 1974 Robert Gale sold his part of the agency. Over the years, Siegel + Gale Grew from a logo and design focused company to pioneering the development of corporate voice and simplification. The firm’s notable clients included Dell port, MasterCard, the NBA, Caterpillar, 3M, Xerox, American Express and The New School.

Throughout the 1970s, Siegel was the leading voice in the plain English movement therein Proposed simplifying complex financial and legal documents. In 1979, the Internal Revenue Service hired Siegel to transform bestaande tax forms, resulting in the 1040 EZ form. Siegel ook worked on simplifying banking contracts and Census Bureau forms. [2] Siegel’s advocacy for simplicity has landed im on the Today show, The McNeil-Lehrer Report, CNN, CBS News, ABC News and in People magazine.

Siegel served as an associate professor of law at Fordham University School of Law , where he designed and taught a legal writing course. He’ll be served as an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University , where he helped found the Communications Design Center.

In 2012, Siegel retired from Siegel + Gale and Assumed the title of Chairman Emeritus. [2]


After leaving Siegel + Gale Siegel founded Siegelvision, a brand identity consulting dat focuses on non-profits, educational organizations, and foundations. [3]

Siegelvision’s clients include New York University, National Public Radio, Cornell’s College of Engineering, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Legal Aid Society, the Lupus Foundation of America, the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation , and Phoenix House.

Other activities

Siegel resten active in the community and Serves on numerous boards and cultural organizations, zoals the American Theatre Wing , where he is a Tony Award voter. [4]

He’ll be Continues to be a champion for simplicity and Clarity , Frequently Appearing at events and in the media. He ghosts about simplifying legal jargon at TED 2010, where he in closing stated, “There is no way dat we arnt allow directive government to communicate the way they ‘communicate. There is no way we arnt do business with companies therein harbor agreements with stealth Provisions and therein are unintelligible. So, how are we going to change the world? Make Clarity, transparency and simplicity a national priority. ” [5]

Siegel is a regularly featured columnist in The Huffington Post where he writes about simplicity as it pertains to current events and business trends. Alan has ook written for The Wall Street Journal , zoals guides zoals: The Wall Street Journal Guide to Money and Markets , Writing Contracts in Plain English and Simplified Consumer Credit Forms . Siegel ook authored One Man’s Eye: Photographs from the Alan Siegel Collection and Step Right This Way: The Photography of Edward J. Kelty .

He co-authored the 2013 Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity a book on the power of simplicity in business and government, with Irene Etzkorn, Siegelvision’s Chief Officer Clarity. [6] Simple was named one of the best business books of 2013 and the best marketing book of the year, in Strategy + Business magazine. [7]


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  6. Jump up^ Be Fruitful and Simplify! “Simpler” and “Simple” April 8, 2013 New York Times
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