The Providence Journal wrote an article announcing the opening of “Making a Mark: The Art of Creating a Visual Identity” at the Newport Art Museum in Rhode Island. The exhibition presents just some of the work of more than fifty years of graphic design by Malcolm Grear Designers.
Museum curator Nancy Grinell says that “I don’t think many people realize just how big the name Malcolm Grear is in the field of graphic design. Partly, that’s because Malcolm himself is so unassuming. But it’s also a sign of how successful he’s been. Typically, we only notice graphic design when it’s bad — when we can’t read a sign, for example. When the design is good, we tend to take it for granted.”
The Newport Art Museum, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, asked Malcolm Grear Designers to create a new visual identity to celebrate the occasion. The new symbol, which features a lowercase "a" inside a lowercase "n", has begun to make it's public appearance the last few weeks. Grinell says that after the firm presented their identity to the museum, an idea began to grew for an exhibition that focused on the process of graphic design.
More of the Providence Journal article can be read online. The photograph above was created by Providence Journal photographer Sandor Bodo. The opening reception is June 1, 5-7pm and the exhibit will continue through October 7. Visit the Newport Art Museum's website to learn more about visiting hours and for directions.