The designers who designed not only on the screen, but for the screen, ushered in a new era of digital design, mixing media and incorporating motion, sound and interactivity. Read about some of the pioneers at Smashing Magazine.
Are you stuck in a rut? Maybe it’s time to change course, as icons of design like Stefan Sagmeister, Ed Fella, and Muriel Cooper have done. Read more at 99U.
Today, women make up around half of the graphic design profession. This wasn’t always the case. Read my guest post at GD USA profiling a few of the pioneers who challenged the status quo and paved the way for today’s female designers.
Nice review at The Book Design Blog: “Graphic Icons serves as a ‘leg-up’ into the broad and exhaustive field of design history, and is a relaxed, welcoming source of inspiration and a lead to other, more in-depth sources. This is simply an easy-to-pick-up, easy-to-read, well-designed book about graphic design and graphic designers…a design book that deserves a spot on your bookshelf.” Read the whole review–
The latest exhibition at the AIGA National Design Center all about type. Century: 100 years of Type in Design does a great job highlighting fun and functional typefaces from the past 100 years. The real strength is the context: it’s not just type samples, but artifacts and ephemera showing these faces in use. You’ll see great work by designers like Lucian Bernhard, Paul Rand, Herb Lubalin, Stefan Sagmeister, and more. It’s great to see these pieces in person–inspiration for anyone interested in design and typography. The exhibition runs through July 31.
We all know midcentury modern designers and architects like Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, George Nelson, and Richard Neutra, but what about the era’s graphic designers? See my post on Buzzfeed for 7 that you should know-
Paul Rand said, “Visual communications of any kind… should be seen as the embodiment of form and function: the integration of the beautiful and the useful.” It’s not only about how it looks, or how it works, but about how it looks and works together. Whether you’re a student or a practicing designer, it’s helpful to occasionally look back at the work of iconic designers like Rand. Read about a few that contributed to the rise of corporate identity design at Logo Design Love.
You can find plenty of design inspiration by looking online, but there’s nothing like seeing design works in person to get a true sense of the scale, materials, and details. There are museums, galleries, and special collections that host exhibitions and allow research. Some are open to the public, while others require an appointment. Here are some places to see graphic design up close:
AIGA National Design Center Gallery
164 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Bauhaus-Archive Museum of Design
D – 10785 Berlin, Germany
234 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
28 Shad Thames
London SE1 2YD
Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
2 East 91st Street
New York, NY 10128
Graphic Design Archive at Rochester Institute of Technology
90 Lomb Memorial Dr.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY 14623
Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University
180 York Street
New Haven, CT 06520
The Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography
The Cooper Union
41 Cooper Square, Room LL119,
New York, NY
1001 Mariposa Street #307
San Francisco, CA 94107
The Milton Glaser Design Study Center and Archives
380 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Museum Für Gestaltung
CH-8005 Zürich Switzerland
Museum of Design Atlanta
1315 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, GA 30309
Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY
Museum of the Image (MOTI)
(Formerly Graphic Design Museum)
4811 GH BREDA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 Third Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
San Francisco Public Library
Book Arts & Special Collections
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, 94102
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Wilanów Poster Museum
10/16 Stanisława Kostki Potockiego Street
02-958 Warsaw, Poland
Florida International University
1001 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Simplify, visualize, know your user: the lessons of these design pioneers, from El Lissitzky to Paula Scher, are as relevant as ever. Read my guest post, complete with slideshow, at Fast Company’s Co.Design.