Category: Graphic Design

Leave Me Alone With the Recipes: The Life, Art and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles ?>

Leave Me Alone With the Recipes: The Life, Art and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles

Opening Announcement

Leave Me Alone With the Recipes: The Life, Art and Cookbook of Cipe Pineles

The Ildiko Butler Gallery
October 17-January 21

Opening reception and book signing with editors Sarah Rich and Wendy MacNaughton:
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 6-8pm

Curators: Wendy MacNaughton and Sarah Rich
Exhibition Advisor: Debbie Millman
Exhibition Coordinator: Abby Goldstein

Press Release

From the Designers’ Desks: Abby Goldstein and Paul Shaw ?>

From the Designers’ Desks: Abby Goldstein and Paul Shaw

Prof. Abby Goldstein has been interviewed by the Yale Blog about her new book Revival Type: Digital Typefaces Inspired by the Past.

Revival Type: Digital Typefaces Inspired by the Past by Abby Goldstein and Paul Shaw is a new book that provides a fascinating, visually rich tour through typographic history. The book is the result of a close collaboration between Abby Goldstein and Paul Shaw that does not fit neatly into the usual author/designer paradigm. Their thoughtful and illuminating answers to our questions from the blog series From the Designer’s Desk, combined here, reflect their intertwined method of working on books together.

Read the full interview

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Ladislav Sutnar Exhibition in Boston

Ladislav Sutnar: Pioneer of Information Design, an exhibition that originated at Fordham’s Ildiko Butler Gallery is on view at Northeastern University’s 360 gallery:

Wed, June 22, 2016 – Sun, August 7, 2016
Gallery 360
Northeastern University, College of Arts, Media and Design
360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115

Monday through Friday, 11am – 7pm
Saturday 12pm – 5pm

Ladislav Sutnar was a master of making complex information simple. From 1941 to 1960, Sutnar, a Czechoslovakian immigrant who settled in New York City, served as the art director for F.W. Dodge Corporation’s Sweet Catalog Service. Sweet’s catalogs showcased plumbing, electrical, and building supplies that were marketed to the architecture and engineering trades. Sutnar and his team of writers and designers transformed the catalogs’ complicated product information into clear, concise, easy-to-understand images that were a precursor to the artistic discipline of information design. Sutnar used shapes, symbols, blocks of color, indexes, and other tools to help Sweet’s readers quickly and easily navigate each catalog page. This exhibit features more than 50 Sweet’s catalogs and other stunning artworks created by Sutnar. Curated by Patricia Belen and Greg D’Onofrio.

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Ladislav Sutnar: Pioneer of Information Design

Ladislav Sutnar: Pioneer of Information Design
The Ildiko Butler Gallery
October 5 – December 14

Talk by Greg D’Onofrio on Wednesday, Oct 14th at 6:30pm
Closing Reception on December 8th at 6pm

The dissemination and configuration of information is more important than ever with the internet, mobile gadgets and social media as the default means of communication, commerce and research. Data organization and accessibility has its roots in the work of graphic designer, Ladislav Sutnar (1897-1976). From 1941–60, Sutnar, who had settled in New York City in 1939 after migrating from Czechoslovakia, served as the art director for F.W. Dodge Corporation’s Sweet’s Catalog Service, producers of a wide range of industrial catalogs. Sweet’s catalogs brought together into one source plumbing, electrical, and building supplies which were marketed to the architecture and engineering trades. Along with his team of researchers, writers and designers (including Director of Research Knud Lönberg-Holm), Sutnar transformed the complex language of product information into clear, concise, and easy to use visual communication. The attributes of these ground-breaking catalogs are the precursor to what we now refer to as information design.

Sutnar’s designs were rooted in the Modernist and Constructivist ideas of the European Avant Garde. His well-defined visual systems and standardized ways of navigating information integrated form and content into dynamic visual units. Sutnar controlled the flow of information using geometric shapes, symbols, blocks of color, thick rules, logical navigation aids, indexes and typographic hierarchy.

This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see over fifty Sweet’s catalogs along with other published work by Sutnar relating to information design. The examples show how careful analysis and fundamental problem solving can revolutionize new standards of form and function. Sutnar’s pioneering work is as relevant today as it was more than 74 years ago. He was a master at making the complex simple, an arduous challenge that continues to resonate today.

Ladislav Sutnar: Pioneer of Information Design is curated by Patricia Belen & Greg D’Onofrio – graphic designers, writers and educators. Please visit for more information. Sponsored by The Visual Arts Department, Fordham University, organized by Abby Goldstein, Associate Professor with assistance from Margaret McCauley, BA 2017.

Selections from the Fordham University Charles Francis | Graphic Design Archives ?>

Selections from the Fordham University Charles Francis | Graphic Design Archives

from the Fordham University
Charles Francis | Graphic Design Archives

The Lipani Gallery
Fordham University at Lincoln Center MAP
113 West 60th Street at Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10023

Curators: Curated by Abby Goldstein with Lucy Sutton and Sally Thurer
On view: February 3 through March 28, 2014
Reception: Opening reception: Thursday February 27, 5:30 to 7pm

This exhibition highlights just a small portion of a rich and unique collection that has been acquired by Fordham University Lincoln Center for our Graphic Design Archives. The material spans a period of 100 years, showing the history of the advertising, printing, paper, and typesetting industries. Many items in this collection are limited-edition printed samples of design and typography, books on typography, paper and printing techniques, typographic specimens, and books on printing and design. Charles Francis (1846–1936), who was one of the preeminent American publishers of the twentieth century and considered the “dean of the American printing industry,” began to assemble the collection in the 1880s. Mr. Francis wrote several books on printing and founded the Printers’ League of America in 1906. He dedicated his life to promoting the industry and to teaching publishing, and this extraordinary collection is a testimony to his commitment and zeal. The collection continued to grow under the stewardship of the Allied Printing Union, which was housed in the New York High School of Printing for many years.

The work on display in the Lipani Gallery is a mélange of type and printing examples that illustrates the inventiveness and advancement in the advertising, design, and typesetting industry during the first half of the twentieth century. Highlighted in the exhibition are the inventive and groundbreaking magazines Upper and Lower Case (U&lc) and Westvaco Inspirations.

Upper and Lower Case was created and produced by Herb Lubalin, a highly regarded iconoclastic advertising art director, type designer and publication designer for the International Typeface Corporation (ITC). The “newspaper style” publication was targeted toward the design community. There were over 120 issues produced between 1970 and 1999. The publication promoted the latest typefaces from ITC, which was the first type foundry to exploit new photo typesetting techniques and not use traditional metal foundry type.

Lubalin served as art director to U&lc for 11 years, until his death in 1981. The publication focused on showing experimental typographic compositions and was hugely successful within the design community as it shepherded in a period of new and expressive typography.

Westvaco Inspirations was a graphic-arts publication issued by the Westvaco Corporation, originally called the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company. The objective of the magazine was to demonstrate what the printing processes and its papers could produce by utilizing a variety of cutting-edge and traditional printing methods, including letterpress and offset lithography. Originally published in 1925, Westvaco Inspirations was a leading corporate contributor to the graphic-arts profession until its discontinuation in 1962. It remains unsurpassed as an example of promotional graphics, an anthology of advertising and commercial art, and, more importantly, a chronicle of a period of time in American history.

Between 1939 and 1962, Bradbury Thompson designed more than sixty Westvaco Inspirations. Thompson was highly regarded for his design direction, impeccable taste and his ability to blend modernist typographic layouts with classic typefaces and historic illustrations.

*Runaway Train, 1985, was based on an original screenplay by Akira Kurosawa. It is an action thriller staring Jon Voight, Eric Roberts, Rebecca De Mornay and John P. Ryan.

Sponsored by the Visual Arts Department, Fordham University Lincoln Center

For more information please contact:
Abby Goldstein, Associate Professor of Art, Fordham University,
Visual Arts Department Blog: click here
Visual Arts Department Website: click here

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graphic Modern USA, Italy and Switzerland 1934–66

graphic Modern
USA, Italy and Switzerland 1934–66

From the experimental to the playful to the rational, Modernism’s idealism is a testament to its vitality and long standing. Bringing together over 75 works from Display, Graphic Design Collection, graphic Modern serves as an overview of this important period and features advertisements, periodicals, posters and ephemera examples from over 30 design pioneers including Herbert Bayer, Lester Beall, Karl Gerstner, Franco Grignani, Max Huber, Alvin Lustig, Herbert Matter, Bob Noorda, Paul Rand, Emil Ruder, Studio Boggeri, Ladislav Sutnar and Massimo Vignelli, among others. The varied and unique styles of these designers are the foundation for the visual language of today and presumably, tomorrow.

An informal talk and walk-through of the exhibition will take place on Friday, June 15th at 5pm. graphic Modern is curated by Patricia Belen and Greg D’Onofrio – designers, writers and partners at Kind Company, an independent design office in New York City. Display, the website they founded in 2009, is a platform for research, writing and discoveries in graphic design history. Documenting, preserving and providing public access to original materials will help raise the profile of Graphic Design as a source of educational, historical and scholarly analysis. For more information, please visit

Sponsored by The Department of Visual Arts at Fordham University with assistance from Abby Goldstein, Associate Professor and Jaclyn Deihl, BA 2012.

BENCHMARKS: Seven Women in Design | New York ?>

BENCHMARKS: Seven Women in Design | New York


The DailyHeller on BENCHMARKS

From June 10 through August 15, Center Gallery at Fordham University Lincoln Center Campus, Lindsay Reichart and Abby Goldstein are pleased to present the exhibition Benchmarks: Seven Women in Design | New York.” In the past half a century women have gained prominence and recognition in what was a male dominated profession. This exhibition is curated to give homage to seven remarkable designers who practice in New York and have made significant contributions to graphic design. These designers include Louise Fili, Carin Goldberg, Paula Scher, Gail Anderson, Eileen Boxer, Elaine Lustig Cohen, and Lucille Tenazas. The exhibition features work that exemplifies a pivotal point in their direction or approach to their design practice. Through this exhibition, the extraordinary creative voices of seven designers are revealed, and the relevance of their design and their role in shaping the future of design celebrated.
June 10–September 15 | 113 West 60th Street, NYC
Hours: Monday–Saturday, 10am–8pm

For further information, please contact Lindsay Reichart C: 631.875.9714 or or Abby Goldstein: T:718 852 5048 or

Carin Goldberg, The School of Visual Arts Senior Library, 2004, hardbound,
offset on paper,10 ¾ in x 7 3/8 in


Carin Goldberg, Punctuation, 2004, silkscreen, 40 in x 26 in


Eileen Boxer, Ubu Invitations, 1995 – 2007, Ubu Gallery, various sizes and


Eileen Boxer, Ephemera transformation
Lucille Tenazas, To Infinity and Beyond, silkscreen, 48 in x 37 in
Lucille Tenazas, Moto Group Cards and Envelopes, Green Card, 9 ½ in x 6 in,
1994, offset on paper
Paula Scher, Dancing on Her Knees
Paula Scher, Him
Gail Anderson, Lucky Serif Dream Book, 2011, offset on paper, 7 ½ in x 5 in
Gail Anderson, Axl Rose: The Lost Years, 2000


Elaine Lustig Cohen, Mies Van der Rohe, 2001, 35 ¾ in x 24 ½ in
Elaine Lustig Cohen, A Millionth Anniversary 1958, offset on paper,


Louise Fili, Le Monde, 1999, offset on paper, 2 ¼ in x 11 ½ in
Louise Fili, Calea Nero d’Avola, 5 in x 3 in, 2008, wine bottle, offset on paper