8.5 Stories by Bonnie Siegler + 50 Books | 50 Covers Exhibition Introduction by Jessica Helfand

Join AIGA Connecticut for our first event of 2016! Renowned multidisciplinary designer and founder of Eight and Half in NYC, Bonnie Siegler, reflects on her own design journey and some of the most challenging, rewarding, and humorous moments she’s had along the way. Additionally, Jessica Helfand discusses the Design Observer 50 Books | 50 Covers exhibition, which will be on display in the gallery.

Bonnie Siegler
Voted one of the 50 most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA, Bonnie Siegler’s work is in the permanent design archives of AIGA and has been recognized by the Art Directors Club, Type Directors Club, the Society of Publication Design, the Webby Awards, and the Broadcast Design Association.

Having served on both the AIGA national and New York chapter board of directors, Bonnie created and produces Command X, a live competition featuring up-and-coming designers, at AIGA's annual national design conferences. In 2013, Bonnie chaired the AIGA national design conference, and previously co-created and chaired the AIGA Design for Film and Television conferences.

Bonnie lectures extensively, most recently at Adobe Max in Los Angeles. She has taught in the graduate programs at Yale University and the School of Visual Arts, has been a visiting artist and guest lecturer at RISD, and was the 2014 Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts at the University of Hartford.

Bonnie’s firm, Eight and a Half, is a multidisciplinary design studio that creates brand identity systems, online experiences, information design, motion graphics, publication design, book design and packaging, advertising, package design, and more. Clients include Herman Miller, Will and Grace, Late Night with Seth Meyers, HBO, Brooklyn Public Library, and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, to name a few. You can check out their work at http://www.8point5.com/.

Prior to launching, Eight and a Half, Bonnie cofounded the design studio, Number 17, with Emily Oberman. At Number 17, Bonnie’s clients included Saturday Night Live, The Daily Beast, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, Sex and the City, Lucky Magazine, Jane Magazine, and This American Life. While at Number 17, Bonnie also served as Creative Director of Newsweek, overseeing its redesign.

50 Books | 50 Covers Exhibition with Introduction by Jessica Helfand
Established in 1923 by AIGA, the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition is the longest running design competition in the United States. Since 2011, Design Observer has hosted the competition, receiving and judging over 400 entries from around the globe.

This year, for the first time, Design Observer is staging 50 Books | 50 Covers exhibitions at select locations around the country, and publishing a catalog to commemorate the competition winners. We are honored to have Connecticut’s own design icon and Design Observer co-founder, Jessica Helfand, to introduce the exhibition. To learn more about the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition, visit Design Observer.

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Thursday, January 21 | 6:00-8:00PM
Doors open at 5:00 for exhibition viewing
50 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06510
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Members: $25
Non-members: $35
Student members: $10
Student non-members: $15

When & Where
Tue, Nov 30, -0001