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50th Anniversary Survey

We thought long and hard about how best to
note our anniversary without making it about us.

Out of the process two points emerged. First, this accident of the calendar presents an opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of the graphic design community. Second, we think the best way to do this is to ask your opinion on some provocative and fun topics because, frankly, you know more than we do and we just like hearing from you. Accordingly in each print and app edition of GDUSA this year, we will present selected results of a massive poll conducted this winter about who you respect and what you admire.

The first segment presents your take on the most influential graphic designers of the past 50 years.

We get it: design talent is diverse, individualistic, nuanced, incapable of being quantified or ranked – literally thousands of designers have made meaningful contributions to the discipline over the past half century – surveys tend to be popularity contests and to favor more recent personalities and projects – and the growing democratization of design is making the “star” system increasingly outdated. Knowing all this, we still believe you’ll find the lists that follow fun, informative, thought-provoking, and a snapshot of what people are thinking at this moment.

Coming issues of GDUSA will focus on your favorite identity programs, packages, magazine and album covers, typographic designs and type designers, websites and apps, annual and corporate reports, and other design projects; the revolution in tools and technologies; the clash and complement of print and online media; design education and career issues; the changing role of inhouse design; and what the next 50 years of graphic design may look like. We look forward to your reactions, and we’ll leave plenty of space for raves and, more likely, rants.

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