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Jennifer Morla is president and creative director of Morla Design, as
well as chief creative officer for Design Within Reach. She has been
honored internationally for her ability to pair wit and elegance on
everything from annual reports to retail environments. With more than
300 awards for excellence in graphic design, her work has been
recognized by virtually every organization in the field of visual
Morla has been honored with solo exhibitions at the San Francisco
Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and DDD Gallery in Japan. Her work is a
part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, SFMOMA,
the Denver Art Museum and the Library of Congress, and has been
displayed at the Grand Palais in Paris, Brandenburg Art Gallery in
Berlin, The Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the Denver Art
Museum and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington D.C. It
has also been published extensively, with showcases in Graphic
Design: America and U.S. Design: 1975–2000, as well as featured
articles in Graphis, Communication Arts, IDEA
(Japan), Linea Graphica (Italy), A Diseño (Mexico) and Novum
In 1984, she formed Morla Design, a multi-faceted design firm
offering a broad range of creative services encompassing corporate
identity, print collateral, environmental design, book design,
packaging, web and multimedia design. Past clients include The New
York Times, Levi Strauss, Apple Computer, Swatch, MTV, United
Airlines, Chronicle Books, Luna Textiles and numerous conceptual art
In 2005, Morla became chief creative officer at Design Within Reach, a
public company with 69 stores nationwide, where she leads her creative
team in redefining the way design is communicated. At the same time, she
has focused the scope of her projects at Morla Design to specialize in
designing unique solutions for nonprofit arts and educational
As well as teaching graphic design thesis at California College of
the Arts, Morla lectures internationally and is a selected member of the
Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). She has served on the national
board of directors for AIGA, was past president of AIGA San Francisco
and is currently in her 10th year on the Accessions Board for
Architecture and Design at SFMOMA.
The founder of Kansas City’s Willoughby Design shares insights on positioning the company to design for a gender-balanced world, the importance of educating clients about the value of design and what studios must do to retain their best workers in 2015 and beyond.
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communication design, design thinking, environmental design, interaction design, life balance, professional development, motivation, interview, advice, culture, diversity, strategy, sustainability, business, innovation, business plans, human resources, collaboration, studio management
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"The Crisis of Credit Visualized" (2008), an animation designed by Jonathan Jarvis to explain the global economic crisis (and part of the AIGA Design Archives), has been featured on "Design and Violence," MoMA's experimental online curatorial project spearheaded by Paola Antonelli. Selected by the project curators, Jarvis' work is described by Gillian Tett of the Financial Times and intended as a prompt for public discussion on the site.
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information design, graphic design, animation
We’ve all heard the joke about a client saying that their nephew could just make them a logo—but we’re also wary of the idea of certifying designers. I’ll agree that a certification isn’t inherently valuable—you need to have the work to back it up. I believe that AIGA is best positioned to certify designers. But what would that look like?
Section: Tools and Resources
“The thought of going in-house initially scared me,” says the associate creative director of Target. “I was worried that I’d have less variety and fewer opportunities to flex my creativity. I couldn’t have been more wrong.” Peters talks about what it’s like to work for one of the most respected in-house design groups around.
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advertising, illustration, branding, communication design, identity design, print design, corporate design, in-house issues, interview, INitiative, identity system, logos
Thoughts? RT @peterme: Never has digital design been in more demand. So why are many design agencies struggling? http://t.co/2tWbZ6F9Bg
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Balloting is closed and it’s official - I’m on the national board of @AIGAdesign! Is this what cloud 9 feels like?!?! #aigaconnect
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