Seymour Chwast interviewed in his studio in New York City on April 9, 2013. He discusses George Lois and talks about the postwar revolution in illustration, of which he was at the forefront.
Seymour is one of the designers generously contributing to my George Lois poster project for TypographyShop along with Gail Anderson, Rodrigo Corral, Stephen Doyle, Louise Fili, Debbie Millman, Emily Oberman, Tony Palladino, Jennifer Sterling, James Victore and Massimo Vignelli.
The AIGA, upon awarding their 1985 medal to Seymour Chwast, stated "It would be difficult to imagine contemporary American and European graphic design and illustration without the presence of Seymour Chwast." If rock and roll was the musical bellwether of postwar cultural and political change, Seymour's witty and stylish illustrations foretold the visual revolution that would accompany it. Chwast founded Push Pin studios with Milton Glaser and Edward Sorel in 1954 and proceeded to reinvent the safe, staid catechism of advertising, illustration and editorial design. 59 years later he remains an important force in the industry, counting the New Yorker and the New York Times among his many clients. Mr. Chwast's life and work, along with that of his wife, Pentagram partner Paula Scher, were recently featured in an exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Seymour was inducted to the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame in 1983 and awarded the AIGA Medal in 1985. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Library of Congress, The Israel Museum and countless others.
For more about TypographyShop's Ten+ Commandments of George Lois poster project visit: http://is.gd/24ldoH