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90 Years of The Society of Typographic Arts

When Wed 13 Sep 1700
Where UQAM, Cœur des sciences
Who Sharon Oiga, Guy Villa
In an event that took place in the 1920s, designers affiliated with the Chicago Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) held an unsanctioned, notoriously wild party on Lake Michigan. When the Board of Directors of the Institute in New York learned of the incident, they disavowed the Chicago Chapter on the grounds of lack of control over members. The orphaned designers then gathered to form the Society of Typographic Arts (STA). The salacious start of this professional design organization foreshadowed events to come in their 90-year history, including an infamous dumpster-diving incident to save archival work. Expand your knowledge of design history, hear about STA’s periodically controversial timeline of events, see significant works of design, and learn how designers of this era and region characterized design in the American Midwest as well as influenced design at an international scale.

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