Weekend Heller: Liberman Revisited, Hollis Unbound, Sappi Eleven

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Czar of Design: Alexander LibermanAlexander Liberman was the last of the czar-like creative directors. He was art director of Vogue for 21 years, eventually becoming editorial director of Condé Nast for another 32 years. During that period, 1962 to 1994, he was master of the overall style (often content) and creation of Allure, Condé Nast Traveler, Details, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Self, Vanity Fair and Vogue. A sculptor, painter, photographer, printmaker, designer, editor and writer, Liberman embraced many lives in one.


Lucy Sisman, the first design director of Allure, talks about his work with two other Condé Nast design directors, Véronique Vienne and Lloyd Ziff at “The Legacy of Alexander Liberman” at the 92nd St Y. Sunday, 6th October 2013. 7.30 followed by a reception.

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Richard Hollis: History and HistorianBritish graphic designer Richard Hollis is a seminal figure in postwar design and communication. His first American exhibition is now open (September 20 through November 10) at Artists Space, 55 Walker Street, New York, NY 10013; books@artistsspace.org.


Hollis has also authored influential books on design history and theory. “His practice has placed emphasis on close collaboration with those commissioning his design, including writers, editors, artists, curators and architects. An overriding concern for the effective and economic communication of the client’s message has remained consistent throughout his work,” notes the curators by design historian Emily King with designer Stuart Bailey. They have chosen over 150 items drawn from the designer’s personal archive including finished pieces, layouts, and notes. It reflects Hollis’s entire professional life, including his travels in the 1950s and ’60s to Cuba, Zurich and Paris, and his role in the design of radical politics in the 1960s and ’70s.

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Sappi’s 2013 Winners that MatterSappi Fine Paper North America has selected eleven new grant recipients for its 14th annual Ideas that Matter program, the industry’s highly respected grant program aimed at helping designers create and implement print projects for charitable causes. Since 1999, Sappi’s Ideas that Matter program has awarded over $12 million worldwide in grants to designers around the globe to support their work for nonprofit programs and organizations. “This year’s winning projects reflect the on-going commitment in the design community to utilize design in combination with innovative thinking to solve social problems. Grantees submitted outstanding proposals outlining their ideas, creative execution and their unique ability to instill positive social, cultural or environmental change,” notes a Sappi release.


“Each year, all of us at Sappi are inspired by the quality of the submissions, as well as the creative and compelling design solutions to a wide range of real social needs,” said Patti Groh, Marketing & Communications Director, Sappi Fine Paper North America. “We are proud that Sappi’s Ideas that Matter program continues to be important platform for social change, giving designers the powerful opportunity to use their skills and expertise to support the greater good.”

A complete listing can be found here.

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