The AIGA began as the old guard of a new profession and 100 years later is still going strong. This year you can help celebrate the occasion at a number of live and social media events, including Celebrate #AIGA100, Celebrate Design website and The Facing Forward exhibit.
Those of us who reside east of the Hudson and west of the East rivers are grateful we don’t live anywhere else. Yet, despite all the Jersey put downs, its not such a bad place. In fact, aside from bridge lane closings and the incredible number of Jersey mayors on trial or in prison for graft and corruption, the Garden State has a fair concentration of very talented illustrators, a number of whom appear in an exhibition organized by Chris Gash, and feature the following Jerseyians.
The Wolfsonian Museum has launched its website Power of Design 2014: Complaints. As a lead-up to the event, the Wolfsonian is posting a poster-a-day on the Complaint Blog, which is also “populated” with other posts on the Museum’s incredible holdings. I will post the complaint posters once week as they come off the press. Explore the first five.
Carolyn Porter designed a new script typeface, “Marcel,” released by P.22, named in honor of Marcel Heuzé, who was conscripted into labor during World War II. But this is more than a typeface, Porter spent over a year searching the story behind the face. I asked her about her motivations and the outcome of her quest.
I’m not trying to be sarcastic, but these are difficult times for literacy. Despite the lower overall national literacy rate in 1916, a year before the U.S. entered the Great War, literate kids had a lot more to be literate about. St. Nicholas: Scribner’s Illustrated Magazine for Girls and Boys premiered in November, 1873. Roswell Smith, co-founder of the publishing company Scribner & Company, hired Mary Mapes Dodge (author of “Hans Brinker, or the Silver Skates) to edit the new children’s magazine.