Once Upon a Time: Art Paul

Curator: Sara Frisk
date: January 21, 2014
Categories: Advertising, Corporate Communications Design, Illustration, Typography
Designer: Art (Arthur) Paul; Client: Simpson paper; Date: circa 1986

In honor of AIGA Centennial Day today, I’m kicking off our celebration of AIGA’s history with a local highlight from 1986: the year that AIGA Chicago was founded as a chapter by Bart Crosby, with the support of 52 fellow Chicago designers (including the chapter’s first president, Wendy Pressley-Jacobs).

That historical year can also claim the creation of this piece by Art Paul, designed for Simpson paper and housed amid the treasures in the Society of Typographic Art’s Chicago Design Archive. Its fluid handwritten script creates a series of magical tensions—in color and darkness, playfulness and rigidity. It is arguably as complex as the colorful history of AIGA and STA in Chicago…another story altogether.

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