Remington inducted into Art Directors hall of fame
Nov. 13, 2008
by Kelly Downs
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The impressive list of inductees into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame throughout the past 35 years includes such luminaries as Walt Disney, Andy Warhol, Saul Bass and Paul Rand.
R. Roger Remington, the Massimo and Lella Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design at RIT, is among the inductees of the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame.
Representing the fields of advertising, design, architecture, filmmaking, illustration, academia and photography, recipients were honored at a gala event Nov. 6 in New York City. The club, the longest-running global creative collective of its kind and the premier organization for integrated media, established the hall of fame in 1971 to recognize professionals in visual arts and communications. To view a complete list of inductees, visit http://www.adcglobal.org/archive/hof.
“It is humbling yet difficult to be objective about this honor because suddenly one is grouped with one’s heroes,” says Remington. “In the design profession this honor is comparable with the Nobel Prize.”
Remington has critical interests in design studies, research, writing and graphic design practice. Since 1982 he has been engaged in the research, interpretation and preservation of the history of graphic design. He was the lead developer in establishing the Graphic Design Archive and the Vignelli Center for Design at RIT. The Graphic Design Archive features over 30 existing graphic design collections of Modernist American graphic design pioneers such as Lester Beall, Will Burtin, Cipe Pineles, William Golden and Alvin Lustig.
The Vignelli Center for Design will house the archive of renowned designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli, whose graphic and product designs are icons of international design.
Remington adds: “With more than 45 years of teaching and graphic design practice, it has been my major goal to help students achieve the highest possible level of visual aesthetics in their work. Developing the Graphic Design Archive and now the Vignelli Center for Design Studies has been a major contribution to students, to RIT and to the profession. Nothing in the world equals these archives. Based on this resource, my work in developing courses in the history of graphic design has strengthened the curriculum in RIT’s School of Design.”
Remington authored Nine Pioneers in American Graphic Design, Lester Beall: Trailblazer of American Graphic Design and American Modernism: Graphic Design, 1920-1960.
He recently co-authored Design and Science—The Life and Career of Will Burtin with Robert S. P. Fripp. In The New York Times, reviewer Steven Heller writes: “After a recent spate of graphic designer biographies, this detailed monograph is definitely overdue. Burtin’s virtually forgotten work, like the exhibition ‘Metabolism—the Cycle of Life,’ prefigures the interaction design practiced today on the Web and reveals just how entertaining well-articulated graphic and exhibition design about science can be.”