Influences

Check out my latest post at AIGA and find out who influences icons (and future icons) like John Maeda, David Airey, George Lois, Jan Wilker, and Paula Scher.

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10 Crucial Lessons From History’s Greatest Graphic Designers

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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.

Greatest Living Designer?

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Fast Company’s Co.Design is playing with March Madness and launching a competition for the world’s greatest living designer. Architects and interactive and product designers are represented, along with graphic designers. The field has been narrowed to 32 finalists, 8 in each category. Graphic icons Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, Stefan Sagmeister, and Paula Scher made the cut. Unfortunately, the bracket setup means some tough choices have to be made—you can vote for Milton Glaser OR Michael Bierut, not both. Cast your vote. There are some complaints on twitter, but I think it’s meant as a fun diversion, not serious design journalism. What do you think?

HOW Magazine

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“A great big book of who’s who in the creative world, Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design is a visual tour de force that features everything from posters to multimedia projects. Striking work from the likes of Paul Rand, Milton Glaser, Paula Scher and other greats provides the imagery that guides readers through the pages.” Thank you, HOW Magazine!

The Attractiveness Of Reality

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Graphic Birdwatching is a new platform for women in graphic design. They are featuring an excerpt from Graphic Icons on Cipe Pineles, the first female art director of a major U.S. magazine, and the first female member of the Art Directors Club. There is also a photoset featuring some the women featured in Graphic Icons on Women in Graphic Design, a blog dedicated to exhibiting design work by women.