Mary Scott



Mary Scott began her design career at Capitol Records in Hollywood—in, yes, that funny round building with pie-shaped offices. In 1964 acts such as the Beach Boys, Bobby Darin and even the Beatles were on the scene. Scott remembers with fondness the day the Brinks truck pulled up at Studio A on the ground floor of the Tower and out popped John, Paul, Ringo and George. This was the Revolver tour, and the backdrop for everything was the famous line drawing by Klaus Voormann on the cover. She was lucky enough to get to shake hands with Paul and Ringo (John and George were busy) at the press conference. After two and half years, Scott moved on to work for William L. Pereira & Associates Architecture and Planning, where she had the opportunity to create collateral and identity materials for great projects such as the library at University of California, Irvine, and the Transamerica Pyramid building, which now stands as a beacon on San Francisco’s skyline. Later, Scott was creative director for Sony Superscope Recorded Tape Division, folowed by Mattel and then Maddocks & Company in Los Angeles. In 1970, Scott received a LULU (Los Angeles Advertising Women’s Club Award) for her album packaging for Sony (Debbie Reynolds presented her with the golden statue). Through her years at Maddocks & Company, her creative guidance led the firm to receive many awards.

After being a partner at Maddocks & Company for more than 20 years—where her clients included Procter & Gamble, Sony Entertainment, Murad (which won the Packaging Design Council’s Gold Award), Avon and Kanebo—Scott moved to San Francisco in 1999. She was recruited by the Academy of Art University to become chair of the School of Graphic Design, and has been there ever since. The program at the AAU has grown from 400 students to 1,120 at last count. Teaching and overseeing a BFA and MFA program has kept her very busy, and Scott is pleased to say that her students have achieved great success, graduating to work for some of the leading design firms and businesses.

In 2007 Scott was named an AIGA Fellow by the San Francisco chapter. Having served as chapter president in Los Angeles, on the AIGA national board and on the San Francisco board, she devoted much of her time to fundraising, educational outreach and chapter activities. Scott has two grown children and three grandchildren, whom she dotes on as often as possible. When she’s not teaching, she also manages to do some landscaping projects in the Bay Area.