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Editor’s Column

I recently returned from the AIGA biennial conference and was struck by the enthusiasm and optimism expressed by the attendees.
Despite the hard economic times we've experienced these last few years, the desire to understand and help define design's role in society was infectious. It's also heartening to know that the same imaginative nature that helps design practitioners be so creative will also enable our profession to adapt to changes in the marketplace.

While much of the conference discussion centered around the designer's social responsibility on both a local and global level, several attendees I spoke with felt they could have little impact globally from their perspective of running a small, independent practice.

And yet the possibility for making a difference has always existed by helping nonprofit organizations communicate their purpose and locate potential donors and beneficiaries of their services. This has become particularly important as many worthwhile causes have seen their contributions decline along with the economy.

Design for the Public Good
I believe every visual communicator's career should include a combination of work that aids commerce and work created for the public good. And to inspire you with some examples of well-designed pro-bono work, we are inviting design firms to submit any recent work produced for nonprofit organizations for the public good, including public advocacy and awareness groups, social services, zoos, museums, libraries, orchestras, ballet companies, etc. After culling through the submissions, we will select what we feel best represents design for the public good and publish the results in our May/June 2004 issue. 

Please note the following criteria: The client must be nonprofit. and the creative element must have been done as a donation or at cost. Please submit posters, brochures, direct mail and other collateral. Please do not send television and radio commercials or letterhead designs for possible inclusion. The work must be recent (within the last two years) and should not have been previously shown in one of our annuals or the Exhibit section.

Please submit the actual printed project, transparency or hard copy printout (if your project is selected, we will contact you for final reproduction materials and complete creative credits) with a brief description of the purpose to: Rebecca Bedrossian/Design for the Public Good, Communication Arts, 110 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, California 94025. Pieces to be returned must be accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope or your Federal Express number. Submissions must be received no later than Monday, February 2, 2004.

In Memoriam
The visual communications profession lost several influential practitioners last year and I want to acknowledge their passing:

Sam Antupit, an acclaimed art director, designer and publisher, died April 5th, at the age of 71. Antupit designed or art directed Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Show, Vogue, Mademoiselle and House & Garden. From 1981 to 1996 he served as director of art and design at Harry N. Abrams, Inc. and in 1995 he established CommonPlace Publishing, a producer of illustrated books on the arts, sciences and American literature. In 2001, he was awarded the AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement.

Well-known Flagstaff photographer Sue Bennett died May 1, in a traffic accident in Palm Springs, California. She was 55. Known for her location portraits for advertising and corporate clients and for her personal work with Native Americans, Sue was featured in our March/April 1994 issue. She also judged our 1997 Photography Annual.

Photographer Pierre-Yves Goavec passed away on June 5. Mr. Goavec was well-known for his colorful images based on delicate constructions of found objects. Born to French parents in Morocco in 1959, he immigrated to the United States in 1984 where he married and founded his studio in San Francisco, California. We profiled his work in our September/October 2000 issue.

Rhodes Patterson, a freelance writer, photographer, filmmaker and designer in Chicago, died on July 30, at the age of 89. A fellow and former president of the Society of Typographic Arts and an honorary member of the 27 Chicago Designers, Rhodes was in contract for Container Corporation of America and a long-time contributor to CA. He also had been a judge for us twice—in 1969 and 1977.

Internationally-known photographer, Charles A. Weckler, Jr., whose career spanned over 50 years, died August 2. He was 79. During the 1960s and '70s, Mr. Weckler worked in San Francisco and received nearly 100 advertising and editorial awards. He was president of the Northern California Chapter of the ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers) and lectured and taught extensively. In 1990, his book, Impressions of Giverney—Monet's World, was published by Harry N. Abrams, Inc. —Patrick Coyne ca


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