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Architectural Forum noted that he “may have been the most
talented student ever to have graduated from Chicago's Institute of
Design.” He personified the idea his teacher Laszlo Moholy-Nagy
expressed in Vision in Motion, that art and life can be
integrated: “The true artist is the grindstone of the sense; he
sharpens his eye, mind and feeling; he interprets ideas and
concepts through his own media.”
In 1957 Brownjohn opened Chermayeff + Geismar (with Ivan
Chermayeff and Tom Geismar) in New York City. The following year he
designed the “Streetscape” display for the American pavilion at
the World Exhibition in Brussels.
In 1960 Brownjohn left Chermayeff + Geismar to become the design
director for McCann-Erickson Ltd. in London. While there, he
designed the title sequences for numerous films, including the
James Bond films Goldfinger and From Russia with Love.
Brownjohn later returned to New York to teach at the Pratt
Institute and the Cooper Union.
In his short but intense working life, Brownjohn left helped to
redefine graphic design, to move it from a formal to a conceptual
art. His projects exemplify every aspect of his relationship to
design, including his emphasis on content over form and his
preferences with ordinary and personal images. His spirit of
invention and designs for living in the machine age were balanced
with references to the aesthetic models that Moholy-Nagy
The distinguished AIGA Medal is awarded to individuals in recognition of their exceptional achievements in the field of design.
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Executive Director Richard Grefé discusses AIGA’s commitment to providing a suite of
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Even though the design industry is rapidly changing, the inherent value of design thinking is not. Designers observe changes in behavior, ritual, culture and technology, gathering insights and converting them into tangible, purposeful experiences. To create the ideal studio of the future, we must apply this rigorous problem-solving methodology to our own design practices.
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Some people love it and others dread it, but networking is still the best way to find a job you really
want—especially in today’s ever-changing market. During her recent webinar, Aquent agent Mollie Nothnagel gave sound
advice on how to develop business relationships through—and benefit from—networking. This recap summarizes the highlights, with a few extra tips thrown in.
Section: Tools and Resources -
job search, networking, professional development, advice
Layoffs are a fact of life in the design profession. With unemployment at 7.7 percent nationally, and with firms learning to operate leaner
in order to remain competitive in a very crowded market, I've assembled a
list of warning signs that you might be laid off, and what steps you should take to achieve the most favorable outcome.
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