Born in Apia in 1933, Joseph came to New Zealand in his early teens and attended the Wellington Technical College, completing an Art Distinction Award in lettering in 1948.
Joseph established Churchward International Typefaces in 1969 and this was at one point New Zealand’s largest typesetting firm. With international clients such as Germany’s Berthold Fototype, Mecanorma-Polyvroom, and D.Stempel, Dr Böger Photosatz Linotype and Zipatone, Churchward Typefaces were soon in use around the globe.
Even in his late 70s Joseph continued to design typefaces by hand, and these are digitally distributed via MyFonts.com. In 2009 Joseph was the recipient of the Designers’ Institute of New Zealand John Britten Award for lifetime achievement and in 2010 he received the Queens Services medal.
In 2016 the College celebrated the 130 year heritage of the Wellington School of Design and honoured its founding director Arthur Dewhurst Riley (1860-1929).
Bill Toomath headed the Wellington Polytechnic School of Design for ten years (1979-1989), and was a key player in the development of modernist architecture in New Zealand for over five decades.
Grenville Main has made a significant contribution to the design profession and to design in general in New Zealand.