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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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In honor of our 50th anniversary, GDUSA conducted a nationwide survey of the graphic design community. Our first issue of the year focused on the most influential designers of the past 50 years. Our next issue features your favorite design projects and logos and will be in the mail and online in the next few weeks. Just to whet your appetite here are your top 10 favorite album covers of the past half-century.

 

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1. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon | Storm Thorgerson, Hipgnosis

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“I go to work every morning with the possibility that I might learn something I don’t already know . . . You should look at every problem and think, ‘what can I learn by doing this?’ And if you think you can learn nothing, forget about doing it.” -Milton Glaser, named Most Influential Graphic Designer of the Past 50 Years

2013 marks the 50th Anniversary of GDUSA Magazine and with it the opportunity to celebrate the past, present and future of the graphic design community. Accordingly in each print (subscribe here) and app edition of GDUSA this year, we will present selected results of a massive poll conducted this winter about who you respect and what you admire.

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We’ve been dipping into the archives to celebrate our 50th anniversary and figured we’d put you to the test. We found this impressive grouping of iconic designers who judged Gilbert’s 1985 Great Designer Awards, a national letterhead design competition for students. Can you name all the designers in this picture?

Don’t Peek Below!

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