tenacious, enthusiastic, educator

SESSION: Wednesday, October 21, 1:00

Lemonade from Lemons:  Finding Inspiration During Crazy Times

I started a spanking new job as Chair of the largest undergraduate design and advertising program in the country just one semester before the pandemic struck. After a summer of endless Zoom meetings and much hand-wringing, I'm ready to start the new academic year. How do you find inspiration to keep yourself going during such a painful time in the country, and in the world? How do you make lemonade from lemons? Please join me for a look at fun and shiny objects that keep my spirits up, and hear some [hopefully] inspiring words to help keep us all afloat creatively. 


Gail Anderson is a NYC-based designer, educator, and writer. She is Chair of BFA Design and BFA Advertising at the School of Visual Arts, and the creative director at Visual Arts Press. Anderson has served as senior art director at Rolling Stone, creative director of design at SpotCo, and as a designer at The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Vintage Books. She has taught at SVA for close to thirty years and has co-authored 15 books on design, typography, and illustration with the fabulous Steven Heller. Anderson serves on the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee for the US Postal Service and the advisory board of Poster House. She is an AIGA Medalist and the 2018 recipient of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Lifetime Achievement Award for Design. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Milton Glaser Design Archives, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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