- Gail Anderson Collection
- Chermayeff & Geismar Collection
- Seymour Chwast Collection
- Design of Dissent Collection
- Heinz Edelmann Collection
- Louise Fili Collection
- Cris Gianakos Collection
- Milton Glaser Collection
- Keith Godard Collection
- Steven Heller Collection
- David Mazzucchelli Collection
- Ed McCabe Collection
- James McMullan Collection
- Tony Palladino Collection
- Stefan Sagmeister Collection
- Paul Sahre Collection
- Deborah Sussman Collection
- George Tscherny Collection
- Fred Troller Collection
- Henry Wolf Collection
Gail Anderson Collection
Designer Gail Anderson spent fifteen years at Rolling Stone, where she ultimately became Senior Art Director. She defined the magazine's visual style through conceptual typography, employing traditional and non-traditional materials to form letters and symbols. In 2002, Anderson moved to SpotCo, an agency specializing in arts and entertainment advertising, where she was Creative Director of Design; she was also a partner in Anderson Newton Design. Anderson is both an SVA alumnus and longtime faculty member of the College's BFA Design Department and Pre-College Program; she has co-authored numerous books on design. She is currently the director of design and digital media at the Visual Arts Press, SVA's in-house design studio. The Anderson Collection consists of 26 theater posters, 9 books, and 15 issues of Rolling Stone art directed by Anderson.
Chermayeff & Geismar Collection
Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar initially formed their partnership in the late 1950s and went on to revolutionize the field of visual communication and build one of America's most influential graphic design firms. Together they have created more than 300 corporate identity programs for companies such as Mobil Oil, Xerox, Chase Manhattan Bank, PBS, Univision, and Pam Am. Their work extends from logos to posters and publications to major exhibitions including the United States Pavilions at the World's Fair in Montreal and Osaka, Japan. The Chermayeff & Geismar Collection contains most of the print material designed by the firm since its founding in 1957. It includes 325 posters, 340 letterhead samples, and more than 1,000 print samples (including graphic standards manuals, annual reports, brochures, book and album covers, and packaging).
Seymour Chwast Collection
Seymour Chwast has profoundly affected American graphic design and illustration, both through his stewardship of the seminal Push Pin Studios (which he founded in 1954 with Milton Glaser and Ed Sorel) and his consistent contributions in editorial illustration for periodicals such as The New York Times, Forbes, and Frankfurter Allgemeine. When it first gained recognition, Push Pin represented a radical departure from the modernist orthodoxy prevalent in the New York design world, and embraced a flowing and vibrant visual style that would make its mark on the Pop movement of the 1960s; this was recognized in "The Push Pin Style," the unprecedented exhibition of American design at the Louvre's Musée des Arts Decoratifs in 1970. Chwast's heavily-stylized but finely-worked variety of pastiche has more recently found resonance with emergent tendencies in post-modern graphic design. The Seymour Chwast Collection contains 60 original artworks, 79 posters, 33 periodicals (including the Push Pin Graphic and The Nose), many print items, and several hundred slides.
Design of Dissent Collection
"The Design of Dissent," an exhibition and book created by Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilić, examined the vital graphic response to the constraints of government and suppressive political forces. The exhibition was held at SVA in 2005 and featured more than 100 political posters and other graphic art from around the world. The Design of Dissent Collection consists of posters, postcards, books, pamphlets, and other items that made up the traveling exhibition.
Heinz Edelmann Collection
Heinz Edelmann (1934–2009), who became famous in 1968 for the character design in the Beatles' animated film "Yellow Submarine," produced a body of work across the next four decades that was notable for its Expressionistic sensibility tempered by wit and humor. A series of posters in 1980s and 1990s for Westdeutscher Rundfunk (the principal public broadcasting station in West Germany) gained lasting cultural significance for politically bold graphics that were striking in their combination of whimsical, surreal, and sinister imagery. Edelmann had a long history of providing illustrations for periodicals, including Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the avant-garde magazine Twen. Books for the publisher Klett-Cotta were free-flowing designs that combined hand-lettering and illustration. Edelmann's distinctive contribution to visual culture has been recognized internationally in solo exhibitions in Europe, the United States, and Japan, including a Masters Series exhibition at the School of Visual Arts. The Heinz Edelmann Collection comprises 140 posters, 13 screenprints, and nine books.
Louise Fili Collection
Louise Fili worked for Herb Lubalin from 1976-1978 and then became art director of Pantheon Books from 1978-1989. During her tenure at Pantheon she was responsible for two-thousand book jackets, leaving a profound mark on book jacket design in the process. She founded her design studio, Louise Fili Ltd in 1989, specializing in brand development for food packaging and restaurants. Fili is also a faculty member in SVA's BFA Graphic Design program and its MFA Designer as Author Program and has authored or co-authored many books on design and typography. The Louise Fili Collection includes wine label designs for Polaner wine importer and a series of limited edition letterpress books representing Fili's logos and packaging designs.
Cris Gianakos Collection
Cris Gianakos was born in New York City in 1934. He studied design at the School of Visual Arts and has been a member of the College’s faculty since 1963. From 1961-1971, Gianakos and Stephen Ancona ran their own design firm. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Gianakos designed elegant and spare posters for major exhibitions at SVA including Lucy Lippard’s seminal “Groups,” as well as shows featuring Robert Morris and Frank Stella, among many others. Other design clients included Columbia Pictures Television, Volvo, and General Precision Aerospace. The concerns of his design practice—designing for the rectangle (book jackets, posters, brochures), the commonalities between typography and architecture, and the exploration of the diagonal as a central focus—would all come into play in his later work. Gianakos began creating assemblages and boxes in the 1960s, but over time he shifted his focus, as his new work became more aligned with Minimalism. By 1977, he had begun creating the “ramp” works that have become his signature work. They reflect both his interest in Minimalism and his desire to draw on historical associations beyond form. The Cris Gianakos Collection consists of posters, exhibition catalogs and postcards, brochures, letterhead, and book jackets.
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Milton Glaser Collection
Milton Glaser is among the most celebrated graphic designers in the world. He co-founded the revolutionary Push Pin Studios with Seymour Chwast and Ed Sorel in 1954, founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968, established Milton Glaser, Inc. in 1974, and teamed with Walter Bernard in 1983 to form the publication design firm WBMG. Throughout his career, Glaser has been a prolific creator of posters and prints and has produced iconic designs, such as the ubiquitous "I ♥ NY" campaign. His artwork has been featured in exhibits worldwide, including one-man shows at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The Milton Glaser Collection provides comprehensive documentation of Glaser's professional career as a designer and illustrator, from his earliest work as a student in late 1940s and early 1950s, to his years as a principal in Push Pin Studios, to the work generated by his studio, Milton Glaser Inc. (1974–present). The Collection includes approximately 700 pieces of original art, 1,700 sketches, 380 posters, 150 prints, as well as 29 boxes of newspapers and magazines, album covers, menus, letterhead, annual reports, brochures, and books designed and/or illustrated by Glaser.
Keith Godard Collection
Keith Godard is a renown designer of posters and publications, public art and exhibitions, and a pioneer of the teaching of graphic design history. He is the Principal of StudioWorks and a faculty member in SVA’s MFA Design department. The Godard Collection represents his exuberantly textural and conceptual approach to design. The Collection is in progress, but currently includes posters, books and book jackets, brochures, and other miscellaneous print items designed by Godard.
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Steven Heller Collection
Steven Heller is one of the foremost authorities on design and illustration history. He is the author, co-author or editor of over 100 books on graphic design, illustration and political art. He was an art director at The New York Times for 33 years and is a columnist for The New York Times Book Review. Heller is also the co-founder and co-chair of the MFA Design Department and co-founder of the MFA Design Criticism Department at SVA. He has been a contributing editor to Print, Eye, Baseline, and I.D. magazines and has published hundreds of articles and critical essays in those and other design and culture journals. He has curated numerous exhibitions and has lectured widely on design and illustration history. The Steven Heller Collection reflects Heller's eclectic and far-ranging interests and includes posters collected by Heller, audio interviews with major designers and illustrators, books, slides, periodicals, print ephemera, and other research materials.
David Mazzucchelli Collection
David Mazzucchelli is a comic book and graphic novel artist and writer known for both his work on Daredevil at Marvel and Batman: Year One at DC Comics. From 1991-1993 he published his independent anthology Rubber Blanket, setting the stage for his and Paul Karasik's adaption of Paul Auster's City of Glass, and more importantly, his genre defying Asterios Polyp. Mazzucchelli is a faculty member in SVA's BFA Cartooning Department. The Mazzucchelli Collection consists of 6 books, 3 issues of Rubber Blanket, and a complete run of Urban Outfitters' alternative magazine, Slant (1995-1997).
Ed McCabe Collection
Ed McCabe is considered one of the advertising industry's most creative copywriters. He co-founded Scali, McCabe, Sloves advertising agency in 1967 and then McCabe & Company in 1991. He is responsible for some the world's most successful and enduring advertising campaigns for clients including Perdue, Volvo, Hebrew National, and Maxell. In 1974, he was elected to the One Club Hall of Fame. The Ed McCabe Collection features one hundred and forty-four print advertisements for more than thirty different clients.
James McMullan Collection
James McMullan is one of America's most important illustrators. He is best known for his acclaimed theater posters for Lincoln Center, and has also designed and illustrated many book jackets, album covers, and magazine articles. McMullan was born in 1934 in Tsingtao, China and studied art at the Pratt Institute in New York City. He joined Push Pin Studios in 1966, where he sharpened his psychologically intense style of realism. He departed Push Pin in 1969 just as Milton Glaser and Clay Felker were starting New York Magazine and he was a member of the core group of artists who helped establish that magazine's graphic style. McMullan designed his first Broadway poster in 1976, which led to a long relationship with Lincoln Center and his creation of many posters for the theater. McMullan has also collaborated on six children's books with his wife, children's book author Kate McMullan. He began teaching at the School of Visual Arts in 1969 and in 1987 he inaugurated his High-Focus Drawing Program at SVA, which later resulted in a book on his distinctive approach to life drawing. The James McMullan Collection is composed of original art and sketches, plus print examples of posters, book jackets, album covers, and magazine illustration.
Tony Palladino Collection
Tony Palladino (1930-2014) was the inventive and idiosyncratic designer of many posters, advertisements, book jackets, and magazines. He brought a modern aesthetic to his work, but his style was particularly distinguished by his use of everyday objects. His most famous project was the typographic title for Robert Bloch's novel Psycho; Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to the lettering for his 1960 film adaption. Palladino began teaching advertising design at SVA in 1958 and was the creator of many of SVA's renowned subway posters, including one in which he refashioned smashed hub cabs as fancy women's hats, illustrating the transformative capacity of art. The Tony Palladino Collection is composed of original art, posters, and other print materials that display the witty, graphically austere, and conceptual style that characterized Palladino's work throughout his distinguished career as a designer and artist.
Stefan Sagmeister Collection
Stefan Sagmeister founded of his own firm, Sagmeister Inc. in 1993, after a brief stint at Tibor Kalman's M&Co. He renamed the firm Sagmeister & Walsh when Jessica Walsh was made a partner in 2012. Sagmeister is well-known for his collaborations with musicians like David Byrne and Lou Reed. Sagmeister teaches in SVA's MFA Design Department and is the author of Made You Look and Things I have learned in my life so far. . The Stefan Sagmeister Collection consists of 11 posters, 5 CDs, and 1 publication ("Clothespins" for Anni Kuan Studio).
Paul Sahre Collection
Paul Sahre established his independent design practice in 1997. Sahre's work ranges from book jacket designs for authors including Rick Moody, Ernest Hemingway, and Chuck Klosterman, illustrations in The New York Times and The Atlantic, and a long-term collaboration with the band They Might be Giants. Sahre is faculty member in SVA's BFA Design Department. The Paul Sahre Collection consists of 14 posters and prints, 9 book jackets, 1 original drawing, and 1 fragment from the cardboard monster hearse truck hearse for They Might Be Giant's video for "When Will You Die."
Deborah Sussman Collection
Deborah Sussman (1931-2014) was a pioneer in the area environmental design. She began her career in the office of Charles and Ray Eames, and ultimately became art director for the Eames office. She established her own practice in 1968 and later teamed with her husband, Paul Prejza, to form Sussman/Prejza & Co. in 1980. One of their best known projects was the architectural landscape and graphics for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Sussman was the recipient SVA's Masters Series Award/Exhibition in 1995. The Deborah Sussman Collection consists of 2 posters, 2 bags, 2 bound print items, and 5 pins.
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George Tscherny Collection
The work of George Tscherny is characterized by its elegance, wit, and simplicity. Tscherny began his career in 1950 as a packaging designer for Donald Deskey; he joined George Nelson & Associates in 1953, where his ideas about creativity and graphical problem-solving began to take shape. In 1955, Tscherny opened his own design studio. That same year he taught the first design course at SVA (then called Cartoonists and Illustrators School), a pilot class consisting of thirteen students. Tscherny designed the first SVA poster and logo in 1956 and was instrumental in establishing the school's visual presence in New York City. He redesigned the SVA logo and identity program in 1997. His many corporate clients have included W.R. Grace & Co., Pan Am, Johnson & Johnson, General Dynamics, SEI Corporation, The Ford Foundation, Mobil, and Air Canada. The George Tscherny Collection includes posters, brochures, annual reports, letterhead, book jackets, and many other samples illustrating his development of corporate and institutional identity programs.
Fred Troller Collection
Fred Troller (1930-2002) was an influential designer who emigrated to the United States from Switzerland. He worked as design director for the Geigy Chemical Corporation in New York in the 1960s; in 1968 he opened his own studio, Troller Associates, in Rye, New York. Troller taught at SVA in the late 1960s; from 1988 to 2000 he was the chairman of the division of design at Alfred University. He was also a painter and sculptor and exhibited his work at Grace Borgenicht Gallery in New York. The Fred Troller Collection consists of 12 posters and 8 brochures.
Henry Wolf Collection
Henry Wolf (1925–2005) shaped American periodical design in the 1950s and 1960s as art director of Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, and Show magazines. He joined the McCann Erickson advertising agency in 1965 and later teamed with Jane Trahey to form Trahey/Wolf Advertising. In 1971 he founded Henry Wolf Productions, Inc., a studio dedicated to advertising and editorial photography. For the next three decades, Wolf worked as both a photographer and designer, shooting for a host of major clients, including Saks Fifth Avenue, Xerox, Revlon, and DeBeers. The Henry Wolf Collection includes more than 900 photographs, slides, posters, advertisements, magazines, and correspondence.