Joel Katz, designer and photographer, is internationally known for his information design and wayfinding systems. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, having won the Rome Prize for 2002-03. The first president of AIGA Philadelphia, and a director and vice president of AIGA National, Katz was named a Fellow of AIGA Philadelphia in 2002.

His photography has been exhibited and published in both the U.S. and abroad, and his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York, and the Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo and Kyoto. Katz's articles have appeared in Messages, the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, Visible Language, Print, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was made an honorary life member of the International Paediatric Nephrology Association in 1980; in 2000, he presented his work at the TED-X conference in Monterey.

Katz holds BA, BFA, and MFA degrees from Yale and has taught at Yale, Rhode Island School of Design, University of the Arts, Moore College of Art and Design, and Philadelphia University and is the co-author of two books published by MIT Press.