The Top 10 Graphic Design Events of 2010

Poster by Massimo Vignelli for Pirelli c. 1963. Courtesy of Kind Company and thisdisplay.org.

I have not had time to elucidate my reasons for each of these selections so feel free to contest them. (I have left out items already included on the top 10 type events such as the Roger Excoffon book and the U&lc PDFs that could also fit here.) But here they are:

  1. Vignelli Center for Design Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology
  2. Born Modern:The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig by Steven Heller and Elaine Lustig Cohen (San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2010)
  3. Navigating the Labyrinth: Unimark International and the New York Subway System event sponsored by AIGA/NY with Massimo Vignelli, Tom Geismar, Lance Wyman, Michael Hertz, Doris Halle, Peter Joseph, Jan Conradi, Abby Goldstein and Paul Shaw.
  4. Display Gallery
  5. From Hieroglyphics to Isotype: A Visual Autobiography by Otto Neurath, edited by Matthew Eve and Christopher Burke (London: Hyphen Press, 2010)
  6. The Elements of Euclid by Oliver Byrne (1847; facsimile reprint with essay)?(Cologne: Taschen Books, 2010)
  7. Swiss Poster Collection: 1970 to the Present (at Carnegie-Mellon University)
  8. The Story of Graphic Design by Patrick Cramsie (New York:?Abrams Books, 2010)
  9. Penguin 75th Anniversary—events and publications
  10. Who Died and Made You Boss? by James Victore (New York:?Abrams Books, 2010)

The death of leading design figures is also news but too dispiriting to include in a top 10 list. However, in 2010 the following notable graphic designers and type designers passed away. They are listed in alphabetical order.

  • Fred Atkins (1928–2010), England (read more)
  • Raphael Boguslav (1929–2010) (read more)
  • Peter Christopherson (1955–2010), England (read more)
  • Robert M. Cunnigham (1924–2010), United States (read more)
  • S. Neil Fujita (1921–2010), United States (read more)
  • Raymond Hawkey (1930–2010), England (read more)
  • Herman Leonard (1923–2010), United States (read more)
  • Zvi Narkiss (1921–2010), Israel (read more)
  • Bob Noorda (1927–2010), Italy (read more)
  • Dashrath Patel (1927–1910), India (read more)
  • Jim Rimmer (1935–2010), Canada (read more)

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