Barry Zaid is a graphic artist and designer. Zaid has contributed covers and drawings to numerous magazines and newspapers including Canadian publications The Globe and Mail, the Star Weekly, Chatelaine, Toronto Life and Maclean's; the Australian edition of Vogue; British magazines such as British Vogue, The Times, Queen, and The Sunday Times; the French Mademoiselle Age Tendre; and numerous American publications, including The New York Times, Time, Audience, TV Guide, Woman's Day, National Lampoon, Esquire, Sesame Street Magazine, New York magazine, Seventeen, McCalls, Highlights for Children, and Denver Magazine.
In addition, Zaid has designed several billboards for 7-Up, and hundreds of logos, including Miami Beach Sports, Upper Crust Sandwich Shop, The Dawg House, Florida Bay Mortgage, The Conch Farm, Chateau Le Chat, and The Market Company, and packaging for Kleenex tissues, Celestial Seasonings Herb Teas, Florence Gunnarson Perfumed Essentials, Captain Condom, Tropical Delicious, Tropic Lines (Jamaica), We Take The Cake, and Granny Bear Honey.
Zaid studied English, Architecture and Archaeology at the University of Toronto (1957–1961). While a student, he designed posters for the Hart House Theatre and Neptune Theatre in Halifax, Nova Scotia and had a one man show of drawings and paintings at Toronto's Pollock Gallery in 1961.
After graduating he worked in a design studio (Rapier Arts Ltd.) in London, England and traveled throughout Europe (1961–1962). Following his return to Canada he worked as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator and as a studio art director (Colopy Associates) in Toronto (1963–66). He then returned to London where he freelanced for two years, represented by Artist Partners Ltd. (1966–68), before joining the New York design consortium Push Pin Studios, (principals: Seymour Chwast and Milton Glaser) with whom he worked for six years (1969–75). His work appeared in the exhibition, 'The Push Pin Style' in the Museum of Decorative Arts of the Louvre, Paris, France, as well as numerous cities in Europe, Brazil and Japan (1970–72). In 1975 he travelled to Scotland, where he lived at the commune, Findhorn, then lived in Bienne, Switzerland, Amsterdam, and Puducherry.
From 1979-87 he lived in Boulder, Colorado, where, as creative director, he created trendsetting packaging for Celestial Seasonings Herb Teas, posters for the Colorado Music Festival, and decorative hand crafted furniture for Bunnyville Studios Inc. He returned to Manhattan (1987–92). In 1992 he moved his studio to Miami Beach, Florida, where he currently resides and works.
From 1976-68, Zaid taught at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. He has also taught at New York's School of Visual Arts and Parson's School of Design, the Rocky Mountain School of Art in Denver, Colorado, and The Miami Ad School in Miami Beach.