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Lorraine Wild

May 10, 2004, 6:00 pm   » 

Lorraine Wild is a designer and educator living and working in Los Angeles. She has been teaching at the California Institute of the Arts since 1985 (she was the director of the Program in Graphic Design from 1985 to 1991). She served as a project tutor at the Jan van Eyck Akademie in Maastricht, The Netherlands from 1991 until 1998. One of the founding partners of the Los Angeles design firm ReVerb since the early nineties, in 1996 Wild established her own design practice to focus on collaborations with architects, curators and publishers in this country and abroad. Recent projects include the design of exhibition catalogues for the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, The J. Paul Getty Trust, and the UCLA Hammer Museum. Her work has been published in Emigre, Eye, I.D., Print, Design Quarterly, Studio Voice, and in the anthologies The Graphic Edge, Typography Now and Typography Now: Two. Her writing has appeared in numerous periodicals and books, including Emigre, I.D., Print, Graphic Design in America, Cranbrook Design: The New Discourse, Lift & Separate, Looking Closer, Looking Closer 2, Looking Closer 4, and The Edge of the Millennium.

In 2003, Wild’s work was included in the National Design Triennial exhibition presented at the Smithsonian / Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In 2001, she was one of three finalists for the Communication Design Award of the National Design Awards sponsored by the Smithsonian / Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. In the same year she was awarded a Gold Medal by the New York Art Director’s Club for the design of Height of Fashion. In the spring of 1998, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art exhibited Lorraine Wild: selections from the permanent collection, a display of recent work acquired as part of their collection of significant design produced in California. Wild has received numerous awards from The American Center for Design, The American Institute of Graphic Arts (her books have been chosen for the AIGA’s highly selective “50 Best books of the Year” twelve times as of 2003), the American Institute of Architects and the American Association of University Publishers, among others. She was named as one of the “I.D. Forty” in 1993 and was a recipient of the Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design in 1995. She currently serves on the design advisory board for the international Design Conference at Aspen. Wild received a bfa from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, and a mfa from Yale University.

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