He is the director of Formist, a publisher, type foundry and design practice specialising in books, typefaces and cultural commissions, and is also co-founder of the groundbreaking music arts organisation Longform Editions. With a practice spanning more than 30 years, Gowing has produced projects for leading organisations and institutions with a passionate focus on visual art and language, design, film and music.
Gowing’s work has been exhibited and published around the world. He has received numerous international awards from staples such as Graphis, the New York Type Directors Club and the Tokyo Type Directors Club. In 2008 he became the first Australian to win a Gold Medal at the International Poster Biennale in Warsaw, which was followed by a Golden Bee at the Global Biennale of Graphic Design in Moscow in 2010 and a Gold Medal at the 12th International Poster Biennial in Mexico in 2012. He has been honoured with solo exhibitions at the 22nd International Poster Biennale in Warsaw, Poland, the Divieto d’Affissione in Turin, Italy, and Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.
Gowing is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and his work is held in numerous institutional collections including the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, USA. The publication, Mark Gowing: Inside the Oblong, was published by Formist Editions in 2021 documenting Gowing’s work in poster design.