Born 100 years ago on August 15th, Paul Rand created some of the logos you take for granted.
First off, don’t get excited one way or another. He is not Ayn Rand or Rand Paul.
Paul Rand, he did this:
In essence, you grew up looking at this guys designs. For you graphic designers, you have much to thank him for.
According to graphic designer Louis Danziger:
A moderist through and through, Rand had issues with post-moderism theory and aesthetics. Some took issue with his dismissal of it (including his resigning from Yale when Sheila Levrant de Bretteville was hired), but we here at Corporate Image prefer to look at the positives of his career so you will have to read about that elsewhere.
The core ideology that drove Rand’s career, and hence his lasting influence, was the modernist philosophy he so revered. He celebrated the works of artists from Paul Cézanne to Jan Tschichold, and constantly attempted to draw the connections between their creative output and significant applications in graphic design. In A Designer’s Art Rand clearly demonstrates his appreciation for the underlying connections:
Paul Rand, folks. A great designer and very much not ayn rand or rand paul.
Irving Harper is an amazing designer and paper artist.
The Herman Miller site has much more information and I would recommend checking it out!
Also if you can get to the Rye Arts Center get yourself down to see the exhibit!
We would like to celebrate the life and work of Massimo Vignelli whose work has influenced generations and delighted and intrigued (OK and angered) many.
Corporate Image and Naked Binder were created on the idea that “less is more” – clean design, less fuss and better function which was influenced in no small part by Massimo Vignelli the pioneering graphic and interior designer who died Tuesday morning in his Manhattan home. He was 83.
2014 AIA Gold Medal Recipient
Julia Morgan, FAIA | 2014 AIA Gold Medal Recipient
By Zach Mortice, Managing Editor, AIArchitect
The American Institute of Architects Board of Directors on Dec. 12 posthumously awarded the AIA Gold Medal to Julia Morgan, FAIA, the early 20th-century architect whose copious output of quality work secured her position as the first great female American architect. Morgan is the first woman to ever be given the AIA Gold Medal. By receiving the award, Morgan was elevated to the College of Fellows. (The AIA National Board voted unanimously to waive the eligibility rules, in this instance, that require active membership in the AIA to be elevated to Fellowship.) The last posthumous AIA Gold Medalist was Edward Larrabee Barnes, FAIA, in 2007. The AIA Gold Medal is the highest honor the AIA confers on an architect. It acknowledges an individual whose significant body of work has had a lasting influence on the theory and practice of architecture. Morgan’s legacy will be honored at the AIA 2014 National Convention and Design Exposition in Chicago.
AIA President Mickey Jacob, FAIA, notified Karen McNeil, PhD, a historian and Julia Morgan expert that was a member of the steering committee that sponsored her nomination, by telephone immediately after the Board made its decision. “Fantastic! Thank you so much!” McNeil said. “You’ve made my day. I’ll tell the team; they’ll be thrilled.”
P.S. Bit of Trivia: As far as we can tell, Julia Morgan is the first woman to ever win the AIA Gold Medal. We at Corporate Image are excited on both counts, being big fans of her work.
Some designers change the way we think about the world, everyday items and how the world views itself. Ray and Charles Eames are two designers that saw design as an agent for social change, helping to improve lives and connect people.
Whether creating amazing furniture or influencing on modernism their message of simplicity, great design and innovation is one to check out.
You can learn more about them here and start to bring that “serious fun” to everything in your life. And Happy 101st Birthday Ray Eames (as of December 15th)!
enter email address to stay connected