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The University Magazine

Online graphic design archive launched

"Running Water" (1973) by Lester Beall

A “Who’s Who” of 20th century graphic designers featuring designer archives that have been assembled at RIT is now available on the Internet.

Administrated by Cary Graphic Arts Collection in RIT’s Wallace Center, the online portal documents an important repository of primary resource material in graphic design.

Creation of the Web portal was facilitated by numerous RIT faculty and staff. They include Vignelli Distinguished Professor Roger Remington and Associate Professor Bruce Meader, faculty members at RIT’s School of Design in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences; Chandra McKenzie, associate provost and RIT Libraries director; and Kari Horowicz, library liaison for the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Also involved with the project was David Pankow, curator of RIT’s Cary Graphic Arts Collection.

“The Cary Graphic Design Archive is a collection of important archives of designers, not all of whom were born in the United States but who have spent major portions of their careers working here,” he explains. “Collections started to be deposited at RIT in 1984 through the vision of Roger Remington, beginning with a very important archive of Lester Beall, a significant designer in the 1950s and 1960s.”

The Web site includes a timeline, historical information about modern design movements, biographies of designers represented and sample images of their work.

“We hope to announce to the world our great and wonderful resources through this Web site,” says Pankow. “It will show other designers out there that we are serious about caring for these materials, promoting and taking care of them and making them available to scholars and students.”

To access the Cary Graphic Design Archive, go to http://library.rit.edu/gda/.

Marcia Morphy