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Iconic Designer: Deborah Sussman

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 30, 2014 01:03 AM
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by Brent Turner last modified Aug 29, 2014

Image from The New York Times Design icon Deborah Sussman passed last week in her home in Los Angeles. A graphic designer who got her start with Charles and Ray Eames in the sixties, Sussman went on to establish her own studio and became one of the foremost practitioners of what she called "graphic architecture," or the integration of graphics, color and type into both interiors and exteriors. Image from Woodbury University Her work was vibrant, bold and always on the cutting edge. Take her most notable work for example, a graphic masterplan for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles (pictured above), and you'll see a visionary way ahead of her time.  Image from the New York Times Her chalky palette and post-modern reduction of Romanesque motifs into simple geometric forms was inspiring. But her ability to execute it as a pop-up scheme for the 2-week games - creating 3-D installations out of disposable paper and cardboard and textiles - was pure design genius. Image from Kickstarter While much of her work was centered in Southern California, a recent exhibition at the WuHo Gallery (funded by a Kickstarter campaign) showed that Sussman left a bright, playful graphic legacy on buildings and in corporate and civic identities across the country. What's trending in modern lighting always changes. But as today's looks veer ever-closer to pastels and chalks, Sussman's work from 30+ years ago couldn't be more right now. And that is the mark of a true design icon.  Images: New York Times , Woodbury University , Kickstarter






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