Paula Scher

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Paula Scher (born 1948 in Washington D.C.) is an American graphic designer and artist.

Scher studied at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and was awarded a Doctor of Fine Arts Honoris Causa by the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington D.C.. In the 1970s she designed album covers for CBS Records and Atlantic Records, before moving into art direction for magazines. She worked at Time Inc. before forming her own design firm, Koppel & Scher. Since 1991, she has been a principal at the New York office of the Pentagram design consultancy.

Scher has been inducted into the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame (1998), received the Chrysler Design Award for Innovation in Design (2000), and a Gold Medal from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (2001). Some of her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Her album designs have earned her four Grammy Award nominations.

As an artist she is known for her large-scale paintings of maps, covered with dense hand-painted labelling and information. She was involved in the planning of a new multi-use "urban center" in the Mount Vernon Square neighborhood of Washington D.C., and teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Scher married designer Seymour Chwast in 1973, divorced him 5 years later, then remarried him in 1989.[1]


[edit] Books

  • Scher, Paula. (2002) Make it Bigger. New York: Princeton Architectural Press ISBN 1-56898-332-8

[edit] Magazine articles

  • Opinionated Maps – Typographic Paintings, by Paula Scher, Baseline 19, edited by Mike Daines & Hans Dieter Reichert, Bradbourne Publishing, 1994.

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[edit] Notes

  1. ^ New York Times, January 12, 2006

[edit] Further reading

  • Helvetica (2007 film) includes an interview with Scher

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