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Nationality  American
Role  Graphic designer
Name  Gail Anderson

Awards  AIGA medal (2008)
Known for  Graphic design
Gail Anderson (graphic designer)
Born  1962 (age 52–53)Bronx, New York, United States
Education  School of Visual Arts (BFA 1984)
Books  The Typographic Universe, New Modernist Type, The Designer’s Guide to, New Vintage Type: Cla, New Ornamental Type: De
Similar People  Steven Heller, Louise Fili, Paula Scher, Stephen Heller

Gail Anderson (born 1962) is an American graphic designer, writer, and educator.


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Early life and education

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In her youth, Anderson used to create Jackson 5 and Partridge Family pretend magazines. As she got older, she began to look into what was then called “commercial art” as a possible career field.

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She graduated from the School of Visual Arts with a BFA in 1984, where she was taught by Paula Scher.


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Upon graduating, she worked as a designer at Vintage Books (Random House) and then worked at The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine from 1985 to 1987. She became the senior art director of Rolling Stone, where she worked for fifteen years from 1987 to 2002, starting out as a designer and deputy art director. In 2002, she became the creative director at SpotCo, an agency specializing in advertising for the arts and entertainment, where she stayed until 2010. Her first piece for Spotco was a subway poster for the play [Harlem Song]. Anderson was also in charge of the typeface library at SpotCo during her time there. She is currently a partner at Anderson Newton Design with Joe Newton.

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Anderson is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in the Designer as Author MFA department, where she also teaches graduate, undergraduate, and pre-college courses in graphic design.

She was among AIGA’s 2008 medalists to recognize her accomplishments in Graphic Design. She serves on the advisory board for the Adobe Design Achievement Awards. Anderson served as the Director-At-Large for the Type Directors Club from 2014 to 2016.

Working with Steven Heller for over twenty years, she has co-published books on graphic design including New Modernist Type, American Typeplay, The Savage Mirror, and Graphic Wit. Her philosophy for type design is that “the process has to be fun and you need to be willing to step outside your comfort zone” Anderson is a contributor to magazines like Imprint and Uppercase.

Works and Publications

  • Outside the Box. New York: Princeton Architectural Press. 2015. ISBN 1616893362. 
  • Anderson has collaborated with Steven Heller on multiple books.

  • American Typeplay. New York: PBC International. 1994. ISBN 9780866361941. 
  • The Designer's Guide to Astounding Photoshop Effects. New York: HOW Books. 2004. ISBN 9781581805000. 
  • Graphic Wit: The Art of Humor in Design. New York: Watson-Guptill. 1991. ISBN 9780823021611. 
  • New Modernist Type. New York: Thames & Hudson. 2012. ISBN 9780500241417. 
  • New Ornamental Type: Decorative Lettering in the Digital Age. New York: Thames & Hudson. 2010. ISBN 9780500515020. 
  • New Vintage Type: Classic Fonts for the Digital Age. London: Thames & Hudson. 2009. ISBN 9780500288184. 
  • The Savage Mirror: The Art of Contemporary Caricature. New York. 1992. ISBN 9780823046447. 
  • Typographic Universe. London. 2014. ISBN 9780500241455. 
  • Awards

  • 2008 AIGA Lifetime Achievement Medal
  • 2009 Richard Gangel Art Director Award
  • References

    Gail Anderson (graphic designer) Wikipedia

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