Joshua Distler is a designer and entrepreneur who strives to balance concept and functional execution in all of his projects.

He has worked with numerous firms including IDEO, Metadesign, Studio Dumbar, Wolff Olins and Apple. During his years at Apple he was instrumental in the design of packaging for a number of generations of iPod, Macintosh and iMac. Josh is the founder of Shift (, a font foundry, and LiveSurface (, an online library of layered template images.

His work has received awards and honors from I.D. Magazine, Communication Arts, the Type Directors Club and the American Center for Design 100 Show, among others.

Born in New York City and raised in Southern Vermont, Josh currently lives in Brooklyn. When he is not problem solving, he enjoys writing bios about himself in the third person.