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Today is the actual date of GDUSA’s 50th Anniversary, the moment the first edition rolled off the printing press.

We like a party as much as anyone, so we’ve been celebrating all year; we’ll continue to do so right on until the final moments of 2013 fade away. To honor the community we serve, we’ve conducted a series of 50th Anniversary surveys to more than 40,000+ creative professionals about who you respect and what you admire. These have truly resonated, not as scientific truths but as fun, informational and provocative lists. We reprise some of the results here today and announce new findings.

Thanks to all of you for putting up with us for this past half century; wait ’till you see what we have planned for the next 50 years.

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As part of our year long 50th Anniversary Survey we asked our readers: “What is your favorite poster design of the past half-century?” Here are their 10 favorites:

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1. Bob Dylan | Milt Glaser

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For the past 50 years, GDUSA has surveyed the creative community about the state of print design. Please fill out this online survey and make your voice heard. The results will be published in the May/June edition of GDUSA’s print magazine + enewsletter. We deeply appreciate your help and please please please include your name, title and company in the response if you’d like to be quoted.

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subwaymapnewThe next installment of our 50th Anniversary “readers choice” survey is now at the printer. (C’mon, you remember: ink, paper, presses.) The first installment listed the great designers. There was controversy, of course, but a consensus built nicely around Milton Glaser, Saul Bass, and Paul Rand. Now the focus turns to great design projects. Here there is less accord, in part because of the “apples and oranges” quality to the question. How do you compare the 1984 Olympic Signage to Massimo Vignelli’s NYC Subway Map to Shepard Fairey’s Obama Hope poster? And did you vote for your personal favorite or the most historically influential? Consistency aside, it should again be fun when the next installment arrives by mail. (C’mon, you remember: postman, stamps, something real in your hands.) You can see all 20 of the Top Design Projects here and  you can see the Top 25 Logos here. We always love to hear from our readers so let us know what you think in the comments section.

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