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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.
Despite the connectedness of the current business world, aspiring design professionals face new challenges in the age-old problem of getting noticed, especially by the elite practitioners. George Nelson’s wit and insights helped me understand design as both a serious profession and a creative adventure. Here are a few of his choice observations and some thoughts on the special relationship we know as mentoring.
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In the AIGA Journal Volume 14, Number 2 (1996), Massimo Vignelli declared Burkey Belser’s recently released Nutrition Facts label “A Masterpiece!” Now, after almost 20 years of quiet omnipresence, the FDA information design program is getting an update and everybody’s weighing in—including Belser himself.
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information design, government, packaging
At a time when designers are encouraged to think outside the box, what if they can’t get into the box in the first place? Caplan pierces the issue of what happens when our products are fortified to the point of being impenetrable.
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branding, Voice, health
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Following students in a Design for Extreme Affordability class at Stanford University's Institute of Design (d.school), this one-hour documentary—first broadcast on PBS in December 2013—confronts the challenges of designing for positive impact in developing countries while revealing the effectiveness of multidisciplinary and empathic design thinking. Through the site, track or arrange local screenings and access design thinking resources for educators and students.
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design thinking, Design for Good, college, graduate, K-12
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