Tracing the Influence of Early Black Designers

In a new exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center, titled African American Designers in Chicago: Art, Commerce and the Politics of Race, the influence of black designers is traced, from 1900 to 1980. Jackie Ormes’ highly sought-after Patty-Jo Doll, based on her cartoon character, is on display. As is work—for Coca Cola and more—from the country’s first African American-owned advertising agency, helmed by Emmett McBain and Thomas J Burrell. “It’s …

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1. Farewell, Anti-Apartheid Campaigner Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Activist and icon of the anti-apartheid movement, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has passed away at 81 years old. Married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years (and separated for 30 years because of his imprisonment), Madikizela-Mandela became an “international symbol of resistance to apartheid and a rallying point for poor, black township residents who demanded their freedom.” Later, however, her reputation was …

Farewell to Renowned Designer, Ivan Chermayeff

Ivan Chermayeff—the graphic designer, illustrator and artist who created some of the world’s best-known logos—has passed away at 85 years old. While his name might not be famous, his designs certainly are, and will continue to be. Chermayeff’s firm Chermayeff & Geismar designed the Pan Am globe symbol and NBC’s peacock, but also created visuals for cultural and non-profit institutions including the Smithsonian’s sunburst logo, …