Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Scott Stowell

This poster uses words--from FDR's speech and Rockwell's posters--distilled into calls to action that are still relevant and urgent today. The typography was inspired both by traditional "show print" posters and the I AM A MAN signs from Martin Luther King's 1968 march in Memphis. Two of these calls to action are usually heard from the left. They appear in blue. The other two, more often heard from the right, are in red.

Scott Stowell is the proprietor of Open, an independent design studio in New York that creates rewarding experiences for people that look, read, and think. Recent Open projects include...identity systems for Bravo, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Planet Green, and WNYC Radio; the editorial design of Good magazine; short films for Jazz at Lincoln Center; and architectural signage for the Yale University Art Gallery. Before starting Open, Stowell was the art director of Colors magazine in Rome and a senior designer at M&Co. He received a BFA in graphic design from Rhode Island School of Design. A former vice president of AIGA New York Chapter, Stowell teaches at Yale and the School of Visual Arts. In 2008, the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum named Stowell the winner of the National Design Award for Communication Design.

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