Art Directors Club “Grandmasters” article
I’m not sure I ever saw the Art Directors Club of New York annual which announced the inaugural awarding of the title of Grandmasters to design instructors. At this point, I had retired and had quit adding the books to my collection. I was Googling something, and the article suddenly appeared. I looked up the book on Abebooks.com, and there were copies easily available, so I bought two of them—one was for DCAD, who received a good number of the design books from my library, and the other was for Lead Graffiti’s library. I thought I would share the wonderful page designed for ADC88 back in 2009.
Nine of my absolute favorite projects ever along with my favorite portrait was shown on the double-page spread. Truly a great honor. From upper left clockwise:
- Rethinking 2009 — This was the first notion we had of doing our Boxcards using recycled boxes as the stock.
- Histories of Newark: 1758-2008 — A 300-page hardback which we designed. We took hundreds of photos for the book, most notably the “citizens band” that runs through every page and includes more than 3,700 townspeople.
- "All preservation is merely theoretical if you can’t keep the roof from leaking" poster for the American Printing History Association’s national conference at Columbia University. A copy was given to every attendee. The type is from our orphan wood type collection.
- Can you have too much good typography — The poster celebrated a visit and talk by Justin Howes from London about his digitizing Caslon from original printings. The image is a single piece of 18″ x 24″ wood type that we made for the poster.
- Think Small. Again. — Poster for a Visual Communications year-end exhibition reflecting back on the 25th anniversary of Volkswagen’s “Think small” ad. It was included in an exhibition of Volkswagen advertising at The One Club in New York.
- Don’t let another art director beat you to the punch — This poster was the tipping point for my feeling that I could complete on an equal level with other people and schools which I had envied from afar. Mounted in the Art Directors Club of New York exhibition on the same panel as one of Stephen Frykholm’s Herman Miller barbeque chicken picnic poster.
- Yes 2005 — Poster printed via letterpress for a Visual Communications year-end exhibition. There are 11 pieces cut with a laser from a 1/4″ sheet of Plexiglas.
- On October 5 we fished all day but didn’t catch the big one — Poster directed toward Saul Bass who called us about the piece.
- The whole world is talking — The 3 versions of an 8-foot poster silkscreened in 2′ segments of voice bubbles for a Visual Communications year-end exhibition. Printed on a roll of paper 0.7 of a mile long. The stacked posters were hand cut (total length was 2.8 miles). There were 36,000 rubber stamped impressions. Yes, it was a job, but a killer piece that won us a bunch of design awards.
Every one of those is a nice moment in my life and reminds me how good a run I had with a bunch of amazing students, friends, and design professionals.