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Gail Anderson

Gail Anderson is the former creative director of design at SpotCo. From 1987 to early 2002, she served as senior art director at Rolling Stone magazine.

Anderson’s work, which has received numerous awards, is in the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Library of Congress. She is co-author, with Steven Heller, of six design books and the upcoming New Modern Type.

Anderson teaches in the School of Visual Arts and is the recipient of the 2008 AIGA Medal, and the 2009 Richard Gangel art direction award from the Society of Illustrators.

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Gail Anderson discusses making little magazines as a child, having Paula Scher as a teacher, her first job at Vintage, working at Rolling Stone for fifteen years, leaving magazine work for theater work and what the next chapter in her life holds.

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Another great interview. Gail is both humble and brilliant and should be a role model for all designers. Thank you for the inspiration.
Emma fairey
02.19.11 at 10:47

21:01 - 23:54: interesting to hear
02.19.11 at 02:46

To be good is not enough, when you dream of being great. SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS The Paul Davis poster sealed the deal, though.

Gail it is time to take that course with Milton at SVA this summer.

Carl W. Smith
02.19.11 at 10:28

One of the most incredibly talented, honest, down to earth designers I've ever met. I love Gail.
David Hartman
02.20.11 at 11:18

The jan 2010 issue of GD USA did a "people to watch" page on her. But she been around for years, since the mid-late 80s, right?

I think she's way pass the "people to watch" stage by now. Has Gail ever been mentioned in any of the Meggs "A History of Graphic Design" books? cause she's an icon now.

02.20.11 at 10:19

So humble - I love the interview! Gail is so REAL.
Jill Spaeth
02.21.11 at 02:54

AIGA Medalist seeks confidence, ah, refreshingly real. Such a lovely person. Great interview.
Michelle Hobbs
02.21.11 at 05:13

The interview reminded me of MFA class with Gail and how much I loved it. She challenged me, inspired confidence, and pushed me to be better.

I was 16 when I discovered design. I loved her Rollingstone work and Paula Scher's work for the Public and I so much wanted to emulate it. Somewhere between then and now I found my own style and voice.

It is nice to equate talent with wisdom and kindness.
ande la monica
02.22.11 at 05:12

Gail rocks!
02.25.11 at 12:54

With Gail what you see is what you get - And what you get is a true creative master and an awesome person to boot!
02.25.11 at 01:03

I just stumbled upon this and loved hearing Gail... I admire her so much and am tremendously honored that she owns some of my sculptures. Can't wait to see what she does next.
June Corley
10.24.11 at 11:29

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Debbie Millman is the president of the design division at Sterling Brands. She is also President Emeritus of AIGA, a contributing editor to Print Magazine, and chair of the School of Visual Arts’ master’s program in Branding. In 2005, she began hosting the podcast show “Design Matters.”
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