When They Say “Draw” in Texas …

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… They mean “draw a picture.” At least that’s the intention of the Practical Drawing Company of Chicago and Dallas. These books provided students with the opportunity to learn the language of art as a tool of communication. Like similar drawing lessons, the emphasis is on shape, color and form, but this one spotlights the function essentials as well. Dallas was not a major center of commercial art, but the students who passed through this program knew that in a showdown they could always pull pencils from their holsters.

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →