Remembering John Muller

As many of you may know, graphic artist John Muller died unexpectedly last week. A graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute ('73 Design), John worked for various graphic design firms in Kansas City and Washington, D.C. After their son, John Stewart Muller, was born, John and his wie Kathy returned to Kansas City where they founded the award-winning advertising and design agency Muller + Company in 1983.

Known for high quality, award-winning creative work, John’s creative leadership helped Muller + Company create classic campaigns for Tivol Jewels, North Kansas City Hospital, The Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival, The Lyric Opera, and many more local and national clients. He was a member of the Kansas City Art Institute Board of Directors and a fellow of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. His graphic art received international recognition, including exhibits in New York, Zurich, Kansas City, Tokyo, and Los Angeles, and is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.

Instructor David Terrill and a group of seniors recently visited Muller + Bressler + Brown. Along with the presentation/tour by Creative Director Shan Neeley and Art Director/Illustrator Kevin Brimmer, they shared a film that was made about John a couple years ago. He was being honored by AIGA. It was made by his son.

With all that MBB had going on preparing material/work for John's memorial service and dealing with the loss, they still welcomed our students and spent almost 2 hours with them. They felt that is was fitting considering how much John loved KCAI. Our hearts go out to John’s wife, Kathy and their entire family.

Check out the short film about John, here: 

Pulverize Hesitation: The Graphic Art of John D. Muller