Jan van Kampen’s 40 year graphic design career started with his 1965 graduation from the former Ontario College of Art in Toronto. Between 1965 and 1972 he worked for four prominent design firms in Toronto and Amsterdam. In 1972 he founded his own company specializing in corporate image and package design assembling an impressive portfolio of national and international clients. In 1987 he sold the firm to be able to devote his full attention to his 1986 appointment as head of department of Communication and Design at OCAD After completing a 10 year term he continued teaching full time until his formal retirement at age 65 in 2001. Jan continued as part time instructor at OCAD until 2005.
Since 1972 Jan had been a faithful member of the GDC. In 1976 he was elected president of the Ontario Chapter; from 1980 to 1982 he served as president of the National Council.
Over the years Jan had been asked to jury numerous design shows and competitions and lecture at various institutions in Canada and abroad. His most treasured recognition is the 1984 National Design Council Citation for Professional Design Excellence.
Jan took pride in having been among those pioneers who pulled graphic design from the realm of commercial art and have it recognized by business and government as a distinct specialization and true profession.
Jan passed away on October 29, 2008.