Nationally acclaimed graphic designer Edward M. Gabel joined the elite group of Port Clinton High School alumni last week when he was recognized for his outstanding achievements and contributions as a graphic designer. The induction took place at the Rotary Club Honors Banquet at Port Clinton High School on Wednesday, following the postponement of Covid-19 last year.
Gabel graduated in 1982 from Port Clinton High School. Her artistic ability was recognized in grade three by Sister Lucille at Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton. He continued to develop his skills in high school, where art teacher Jeanie Radloff taught, encouraged, and inspired him through three years of art classes.
Gabel made his mark in Port Clinton creating illustrations for the Revista yearbook.
Gabel went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing in 1986. He tapped into his portfolio of campus newspaper artwork to become a staff artist at the Asbury Park Press and the Toledo Blade. In 1997, his illustrations for Asbury Park Press won awards from the Society of Newspaper Design, catching the attention of Time magazine.
Gabel joined Time Magazine at the Rockefeller Center headquarters in New York, and his art reached national and international audiences. It has won awards from the Society of Publication Designers and the Best in Show award at Malofiej, an international information graphics competition held in Spain. He was often asked to create cover illustrations for Time Magazine, placing him among an elite group of artists to have achieved this honor. To date, he has illustrated the magazine’s cover more than a dozen times.
As Time’s associate graphic director, Gabel also illustrated many of the magazine’s full graphics, including the September 11, 2001, special edition of Time, where his assignment was to chart the trajectories of planes that struck the towers of the World Trade Center to help the world better understand what happened.
Gabel left Time after 10 years to become vice president of Joe Zeff Design, a design studio headed by Time’s former graphic director. In addition to magazine covers for Time, ESPN, Rolling Stone and even Time rival Newsweek, Ed has created artwork for corporations, universities and entertainment companies. He created the cover of the album “Watch the Throne”, the platinum album of Jay-Z and Kanye West; the marquee artwork for “Sister Act,” a Broadway play; and many high-profile apps that first appeared on the iPad.
Gabel and a colleague formed Brobel Design in 2014, a design studio located in Westfield, NJ. He continues to illustrate covers for national magazines, including Time, and also hosts Time’s covers for social media. Ed’s artwork has been seen around the world, being used by Amazon, Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, ESPN, DC Comics, and The Wall Street Journal, among others.
As our world is constantly changing, he has adapted his art for exciting new platforms. It now produces virtual reality experiences for mobile phone users, including a Batman experience for Snapchat used by more than 19 million users. He visited and lectured to students in China on his graphic design process.
Visit his website, edgabel.com to see his immense talent.
Gabel lives in Cranford, NJ, with his wife, Mimi (Krupp), and their daughter, Gabriella. He said he owed them both a lot of thanks for their constant support, especially when a breaking Time story often kept him working until dawn.
He credits his accomplishments to his mother and father’s encouragement to pursue a career in art, as well as his teachers at Immaculate Conception, Port Clinton Junior High School and, of course, Port Clinton High School.
Learn more about the PCHS Alumni Hall of Fame, including inductee information and nomination forms at www.pccsd.net.