Robert Valentine has spearheaded branding and advertising campaigns for a multitude of prestigious brands, including Fortune 500 companies, fashion houses, artisans, celebrities and lifestyle personalities. He has also launched a host of notable brands including Real Simple (the most successful magazine launch in Time, Inc.’s history); the Chic Simple book series (which birthed the lifestyle book category); and Martha Stewart Omnimedia, where he was an early contributor to both the magazine and cookbooks.
Ancient & Recent History
Before establishing The Valentine Group New York in 1991, Robert held creative management positions with Conran’s Habitat (London), Bloomingdale’s (New York), and design art direction roles at Dayton Hudson and Donaldson’s department stores, Seitz Yamamoto Moss, and Grey Advertising in Minneapolis. He joined Toth+Co in (Boston) in 2010. In 2012, he formed Neue Amsterdam while performing double duty as the SVP Creative Director of RH from 2015-2016.
In addition to his own book, “Catalog Design: The Art of Creating Desire,” co-authored with Dianna Edwards in 2001, Valentine has been published in several books and publications such as Graphis, Communication Arts, Print and ID Magazine.
Valentine has received numerous design awards, including The Society of Publication Designers and Addy Awards. He has served on The Board of the AIGA New York Chapter (1992-93), and his work is part of the permanent collections at the Cooper Hewitt, Victoria & Albert, and Smithsonian Museums.