Garman Herigstad grew up in Roland, Iowa and received his Advertising Design and fine art education at Iowa State University.
With a concentration in calligraphy and hand lettering, in 1986 he started in the computer graphics industry at Post Production Services working on the legendary Bosch FHS4000. In the early 3D animation era, most of the work was broadcast graphics and flying logos. Very suitable for a lettering artist.
In 1988 he relocated to Taipei, Taiwan which began nine years in Asian (the early years) working in Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok and Singapore working in advertising animation.
In 1999 Garman worked on his first Hollywood feature "O Brother Where Art Thou" followed by "X-Men", "The Day After Tomorrow", "Cast Away", "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" and several others. (See full list of feature films.)
Garman has returned often to China to teach and work as CG Supervisor at Technicolor in Beijing, BaseFX in Beijing and Versatile in Hangzhou.
Between features Garman taught visual effects at the Savannah College of Design, the University of Texas at Dallas, The Gnomon School, Peking Universtiy and at the Mars Era school. For has also operated is own online school "Vizy Acky."
Many of his students now work in the feature film effects and game industries all over the world.
In 2013 Garman relocated to Bellingham, WA and returned to doing more design, illustration and lettering, a return to the work he did in his early career. He has returned up a time or two two work in the Vancouver BC film industry.
"Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen"
In 2015 Garman was featured in the radio program/podcast "Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen" about his calligraphy.