Farmingdale State Gallery Presents Designer from Broadway, Rolling Stone
“Gail Anderson: Designer, Writer, Educator, Hoarder”
The Memorial Gallery at Farmingdale State College is presenting an exhibition by Gail Anderson. Anderson is a New York-based designer, writer, educator and partner at Anderson Newton Design. She is known for her quirky letterforms made out of traditional and untraditional materials, from hot metal and wooden type to twigs and bottle caps. From her typographic wellspring has come an ever-expanding vocabulary of signs and symbols, methods and mannerisms that, in turn, have influenced a generation of designers.
From 2002 through 2010, Anderson served as Creative Director of Design at SpotCo, a New York City advertising agency that creates artwork for Broadway and institutional theater. From 1987 to early 2002, she worked at Rolling Stone magazine, serving as designer, deputy art director, and finally, as the magazine's senior art director.
Anderson’s work has received awards from major design organizations, including the Society of Publication Designers, the Type Directors Club, The American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Art Directors Club, Graphis, Communication Arts, and Print. Her work has been included in the permanent collections of the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, the Library of Congress, and the Milton Glaser Design Archives at the School of Visual Arts. Anderson has also been featured in magazines, including Computer Arts (UK), designNET (Korea), kAk (Russia), STEP Inside Design, and Graphic Design USA.
Gail Anderson is co-author, with Steven Heller, of the upcoming The Typographic Universe, as well as New Modernist Type, New Ornamental Type, and New Vintage Type. She teaches in the School of Visual Arts’ MFA, undergraduate, and pre-college design programs, and serves on the boards for The Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee and the Type Directors Club. Anderson received the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Medal from the American Institute of Graphic Arts.