Aaron Marcus was the world’s first graphic designer to work with computer graphics (1967), to program a desktop publishing system (for the AT&T Picturephone, 1969–71), to design virtual realities (1971–73), to establish a computer-based graphic design firm (1982), to be awarded a USDoD DARPA grant (1982), and to receive the NCGA Industry Achievement Award for his contributions to computer graphics (1992).
In 2000 Icograda named him as a Master Graphic Designer of the Twentieth Century. In 2007, AIGA named him a Fellow. In 2008 ACM SIGCHI elected him to the CHI Academy, the first graphic designer ever so honored. In 2009, the Business Forms Management Association awarded him for lifetime contribution to the forms design profession, and the Usability Professionals Association awarded him a service award for his being editor-in chief of user experience for six years.
Marcus and his associates work with global companies and start-ups worldwide as planners, consultants, designers and analysts of products and services that are usable, useful and appealing, thereby helping people make smarter decisions faster.