[Rockport Publishers, 1997]
Marc English's visual language is best described as eclectic: Equally comfortable with clients of commerce or culture, his design vocabulary is steeped in history and story; Modernism and vernacular, precision and punk. The former Bostonian balances each while working with a variety of clients, infusing corporate work with spirit and pro bono work with marketing savvy. A writer once stated, "What makes English's work so successful is that he has managed to harness the tongue-in-cheek humor of postmodernism while omitting the clutter and smugness too often found in contemporary design."
English's studies documenting Native American petroglyphs led to an understanding of visual communicationss that have stood the test of time and the realization that contemporary is often just temporary, that meaning gets lost. While counseling his students to use wit, insight and responsibility, in the end he advises of each project to "let it be what it wants to be."