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R. Roger Remington: Design and Science: Will Burtin, Pioneer of Information Design

R. Roger Remington is the Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design and Director of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York. He was graduated from RIT in Graphic Design and received his Masters at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He is an experienced educator, scholar and author with critical interests in graphic design history, research and writing. His teaching was recognized in 1978, with the Eisenhart Annual Award for Outstanding Teaching, RIT’s highest recognition of teaching excellence, and in 2014, with the Trustee’s Lifetime Achievement Award for scholarship in Graphic Design. He has also gained notable recognition by the design community: in 2008, he was inducted into the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame, and in 2013, he became a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). Most recently, in 2015, he received the prestigious Ladislav Sutnar Prize.

Since 1982, he has been seriously engaged in the research, interpretation and preservation of the history of graphic design. He has co-chaired two major symposia on graphic design history: Coming of Age in 1983 and 80’s Style in 1985. He has also written four books: Nine Pioneers in American Graphic Design (1989), Lester Beall: Trailblazer of American Graphic Design (1996), American Modernism Graphic Design 1920-1960 (2003), and Design and Science-The Life and Work of Will Burtin (2007). Currently he has two new books on Will Burtin in production for 2017.

His deep commitment to design history and preservation has led him to bring the archives of designers of the American Modernist generation to RIT. The Cary Graphic Design Archive contains more than 45 collections, including those of Lester Beall, Will Burtin, and many others. In 2010, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies, which houses the career archive of designers Massimo and Lella Vignelli along with 15 additional contemporary designers.