The Block Island Conservancy (BIC) recently established their first office and educational center in a restored historic building on island. BIC commissioned Malcolm Grear Designers to design an exhibition that would educate the public about the island's conservation efforts. Incorporating images of the island in all seasons, twelve full-color exhibition panels educate visitors about conservation areas and ways in which the public can help.Read More
The Pulitzer Prizes named Forrest Gander one of two finalists for its award in poetry for 2012. Gander's latest book titled Core Samples From the World was designed by Malcolm Grear Designers. The book is a compilation of poetry, photographs, and haibun (a Japanese form of essay-poem).Read More
The National Books Critics Circle recently announced its book awards finalists for 2011. Among the finalists is poet Forrest Gander, who was nominated for his latest book Core Samples From the World. Gander asked Malcolm Grear Designers to provide the graphic design and structure of his book. The book is a compilation of poetry, photographs, and haibun (a Japanese form of essay-poem).Read More
On Saturday May 1, the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame will add eight inductees to its list of influential Rhode Islanders in ceremonies to be held at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston.
The honor goes to “any individual who has brought credit to Rhode Island, brought Rhode Island into prominence and contributed to the history and heritage of the state,” provided that they have either been born, lived, studied, or worked in Rhode Island for a significant amount of time.
Joining the ranks of 647 other influential Rhode Islanders, including such notables as Roger Williams, Gilbert Stuart, and Samuel Slater, will be Malcolm Grear, nationally prominent graphic designer, Professor Emeritus at the Rhode Island School of Design, and CEO of Malcolm Grear Designers. For over fifty years, Grear has generated some of the more prominent visual identity systems in the nation. His clients have included the 1996 Centennial Atlanta Olympic Games, the Veterans Administration, U.S. Health and Human Services, The Guggenheim Museum, Presbyterian Church USA, Vanderbilt University, and Mayo Clinic. Local clients include Lifespan, Brown University, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Rhode Island Department of Health, and Salve Regina University.
The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame is currently located at the Rhode Island Historical Society on Benelovent Street in Providence and is expected to move to the as-yet-unopened Heritage Harbor Museum, for which Grear also designed the identity.
Communication Arts has selected the Colby College Museum of Art web site as it's Web Pick of the Day.
Malcolm Grear Designers recently developed the site's Collection Search interface, allowing visitors to search and view over 6000 works from the Museum's permanent collection. The clean and intuitive design provides multiple views of the objects including the ability to display images full-screen. Users can easily zoom and pan around an artwork, giving unprecedented access to students and the general public. For example, one can observe the finest detail of a Whistler etching or appreciate the subtle brushstrokes in an Alex Katz painting.
The new web site design is part of a phased rebranding process. In 2007 Malcolm Grear Designers first developed the Museum's new visual identity system. Helping to establish the brand's new visual attitude, we designed brochures and visitor guides, signs, and the new web site. The site was designed to showcase the Museum's outstanding permanent collection. The site also shows the relationship between it's collections, educaton opportunities, and public programs. For the Museum's 50th year, 2009, we developed their 50th Anniversary logotype, invitations, ads, as well as numerous gift items for their museum shop.
Don't miss the International Institute of Rhode Island's 23rd Annual Carnival Ball this Saturday evening. Performers include The Salsa Night Band, What Cheer? Marching Brigade, Big Nazo, RIC Ballroom Dancers, Rhode Island Kung Fu, and the Lion Dance Club.
When: Saturday, April 25, 8pm - 12am Where: Rhodes-on-the-Pawtuxet Info: 401.784.8634 www.iiri.org
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Malcolm Grear Designers enjoys designing the posters, programs, invitations for this popular, annual fund-raising event. We love the dancing too!
MGD also developed the International Institute's highly successful visual identity.
Denise Perrault's article in today's Providence Business News includes Malcolm Grear Designers as proof that design can indeed thrive in Rhode Island. As Grear points out, "People have no idea how much business designers bring to this part of the country".
Graphic Design: The New Basics is a must read for those wishing to educate themselves in the arena of visual design. Published by Princeton Architectural Press and co-authored by Ellen Lupton and Jennifer Cole Phillips, the book presents a rich and thorough examination of graphic design, “for people who want to understand graphic design in a critical, rigorous way, informed by contemporary media, theory, and software systems.”
Jennifer Cole Phillips includes a dedication to Malcolm Grear, her lifelong mentor and friend. Among the diverse span of work featured in the book are several projects by Malcolm Grear Designers, including the visual identity for Vanderbilt University (shown above).
April 24th is the last day to view the exhibition Inside/Outside: Process and Design, Malcolm Grear Designers in the Bannister Gallery at Rhode Island College. The gallery is open Wednesday from 11am to 5pm and Thursday from 12pm to 9pm.
In the Providence Sunday Journal (March 30), Bill Van Siclen’s in depth and insightful article covers the upcoming exhibition “Inside/Outside: Design and Process, Malcolm Grear Designers” at the Bannister Gallery.
The opening reception for “Inside/Outside: Design and Process, Malcolm Grear Designers” will be held Thursday, April 3, from 5-8pm at the Bannister Gallery. The exhibition will be on view April 3-24. The Bannister Gallery is located in Roberts Hall, Rhode Island College, 600 Mount Pleasant Avenue, Providence, RI. Regular Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday 11am-5pm, and Thursday Noon-9pm.
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Malcolm Grear has been nominated for the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s 2008 National Design Awards program for Lifetime Achievement. As the only awards of their kind in the nation and the Museum’s largest education initiative, the awards celebrate design excellence and innovation. The Awards serve as a critical gauge of the impact of design on the quality of American life. Visit the National Design Awards web site. Visit the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum web site.
Thursday, March 6, at 6:30pm, on the HarborWalk of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA), Martha Collins will read from her book “Blue Front,” translations of poetry by Nguyen Quang Thieu and her latest publication “Sheer”. “Blue Front,” a book-length poem based on a lynching her father witnessed when he was five years old, won an Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was included in the New York Public Library’s “25 Books to Remember from 2006”.
The reading is part of the ICA’s “Poems for the HarborWalk” program, a collaboration between the ICA and the Creative Writing Program at UMass Boston.
Malcolm Grear Designers created the ICA HarborWalk Interpretive Panel (shown above) to display the poems. The angled glass panel protrudes over the water’s edge and creates a gathering place for the program’s readings and performances. This panel is just one part of Malcolm Grear Designers’ design for the ICA’s sign system.
Poet, Gail Mazur will read her “Little Tempest” on the HarborWalk of the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA) Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 6:30pm. Malcolm Grear Designers created the ICA HarborWalk Interpretive Panel (shown above) to display the poems. This panel is just one part of Malcolm Grear Designers’ design for the ICA’s sign system.Read More
Inside/Outside: From the Basics to the Practice of Design, Second Edition by Malcolm Grear has been published by the AIGA and New Riders, an imprint of Peachpit Publishing.
Renowned artist and design legend Malcolm Grear has permanently shaped the design world with his work, lecturing, writing and teaching. This fully updated second edition of his classic bestseller, Inside/Outside: From the Basics to the Practice of Design, combines the practical with the philosophical and the concrete with the abstract. Deftly and sparingly capturing the essence of his subject matter, Grear offers unique insight into the design process with images and forms drawn from nature, typography, art and design. These examples from both his teaching (inside) and professional practice (outside) begin with design problems and illuminate the processes by which the best solutions are found. Grear skillfully bridges the gap between design theory and real-world practice.
Be sure to check out the book review by Safoura Rafeizadeh on the AIGA website.