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Last year GDUSA magazine celebrated its 50th Anniversary. In honor of this milestone I starting digging through our print archives which were filled with great treasures of design history. Among my findings was an article from 1970 about a group of Marines known as Combat Artists who were stationed at the Da Nang Press Center during Vietnam.

Last Veteran’s Day, I posted excerpts from this 1970 article on our blog. You can read the original post here.  Below is the photo of these 5 Combat Artists and short excerpt from the original article.

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October 1970: A group of five marines assigned to the Combat Information Bureau decided that they would simulate an advertising series being run by Strathmore in the U.S. They got together outside their shack and posed with a Strathmore sketch pad to show that not only pros and students use it in the U.S., but at the fighting front, it has its use too. 

The unit (left to right): Lance Corporal Gary W. Moss, Minneapolis, Minnesota; Corporal Scott M. Greening, St. Peter, Minnesota; First Lieutenant Benjamin F. Long, Statesville, North Carolina; Lance Corporal David R. Anderson, Culbertson, Nebraska; Lance Corporal Robert L. Williams, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania

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Guest Post by John Clifford

Today, women make up around half of the graphic design profession. This wasn’t always the case. I wrote Graphic Icons: Visionaries who Shaped Modern Graphic Design to highlight the pioneers of the field, from El Lissitzky to Stefan Sagmeister. It surprised me that so many of the historic designers I considered influential were male. Fortunately, there were several women who challenged the status quo and paved the way for today’s female designers. Here are a few:

Cipe Pineles  (1908–1991)

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Charm cover, 1954; Charm fashion spread, 1957

When Cipe Pineles was looking for her first design job in the 1940s, prospective employers were interested in her portfolio—until they learned that the unusual first name belonged to a woman. She kept at it, though, and eventually became art director at Glamour in 1942, the first female to hold that position at a major American magazine.

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Massimo Vignelli, considered by many as one of the world’s great designers, is very ill and will be spending his last days at home. His son Luca would like all those who were influenced or inspired by him to write him a letter.

Here is my letter to Massimo that I will be sure to mail to him as well:

I was lucky beyond words. You were the first real graphic designer I ever met. I was 6 years old and you were visiting my father, who was then the publisher of Print Magazine and getting ready to start Package Design Magazine, on which you were a consultant.

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Jan 1974

Philadelphia: For the first time since its inception, the Polycube, the top annual award of the Philadelphia Art Director’s Club, went to a person in the graphics field, Milton Glaser, head of Pushpin Studios and design consultant of New York magazine. Milton Glaser was chosen because the board felt that he represented “one of the strongest single influences in graphics and the total communication arts industry.” 

We couldn’t agree more! GDUSA readers named Milton Glaser the most influential designer of the past half-century in in a recent anniversary survey.

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