Design Lecture Series

Paula Scher

December 11 2015 | with April Greiman

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Paula Scher, one of the world’s most acclaimed graphic designers, has pushed the boundaries of visual communication for over three decades. Iconic, smart and unabashedly populist, her images have entered into the American vernacular. She began her career as an art director in the 1970’s and early 80’s, when her eclectic approach to typography became highly influential. Since 1991 she has been a designer and partner in the New York office of international design consultancy, Pentagram.

In the mid-1990s, her landmark identity for The Public Theater fused high and low into a wholly new symbology for cultural institutions. Her graphic identities for Citibank and Tiffany & Co. have become case studies for the contemporary regeneration of classic American brands. Scher has developed identity and branding systems, promotional materials, environmental graphics, packaging and publication designs for clients including, Bloomberg, Coca-Cola, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Opera, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Sundance Film Festival, Shake Shack and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.

Scher has been the recipient of hundreds of industry honors and awards, including the National Design Award for Communication Design in 2013. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and the Centre Georges Pompidou, among others. She has lectured and exhibited all over the world, and her teaching career includes over two decades at the School of Visual Arts, along with positions at the Cooper Union, Yale University and the Tyler School of Art.

She has authored numerous articles on design-related subjects for the AIGA Journal of Graphic Design, PRINT, Graphis and other publications. She is the author of Make It Bigger (Princeton Architectural Press, 2002) and Maps (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011).

April Greiman

Discussion with Paula Scher following the lecture

April Greiman is an internationally acclaimed American graphic designer and artist. She is recognized as one the first designers to utilize computer technology as a tool for design in the 1980’s, and to pioneer the American “New Wave” design style. She currently runs the multi-disciplinary design consultancy Made in Space in Los Angeles.

Greiman has held numerous solo exhibitions, including expos at the Visual Arts Gallery at the School of Visual Arts in NYC (2008) and at the Pasadena Museum of California Art (2006). Her work was also featured in the global exhibition “Elles at Centre Pompidou in Paris. Recently, Greiman has focused on large-scale public art projects such as a commission for the Wilshire Vermont Station in Los Angeles (2007) and branding design for the Great Park in Irvine, CA (2011).

Greiman currently teaches at Woodbury University School of Architecture and Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc). She has received a lifetime achievement Gold Medal from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, as well as honorary doctorates from Art Center College of Design, Kansas City Art Institute, Lesley University, Boston College of Art and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Selected Work by Paula Scher

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