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Richard Wilde Papers

About the Collection

Richard Wilde is a designer and design educator who has been associated with the School of Visual Arts since 1969, including serving as chair of the Advertising and Graphic Design programs its various incarnations from 1971-2019. During his tenure at SVA, he taught more than 10,000 students in his landmark Visual Literacy class and hired renowned professionals to teach alongside him on the faculty. With Judith Wilde, he is cofounder of Wilde Design. His books include “Visual Literacy: A Conceptual Approach to Graphic Problem Solving,” “Problems: Solutions, Visual Thinking for Graphic Communicators,” and “The Process: A New Foundation in Art and Design,” cowritten with Judith Wilde. He retired as chair of SVA's BFA Advertising and Graphic Design department in 2019, after fifty years at the College. 


Homage to Andre Breton poster with explanatory text and dots forming three squares. Students are asked to use the dot grids to create image in the spirit of Breton. Homage to André Breton poster for Visual Literacy course, 1989.
Layered, grunge-style, partially legible type explaining that the exhibition is a visual interpretation of anger. Mailer for SVA BFA Advertising and Graphic Design exhibition entitled "Anger," 1994
Illustration of people standing under umbrellas in a parking lot. Announcement for SVA BFA Advertising and Graphic Design exhibition entitled "Apartments for Rent," 1984.
Illustration of bald eagle with head bent over, holding on to American flag symbol. Announcement for SVA BFA Advertising and Graphic Design exhibition entitled "The Bald Eagle: Survival or Extinction?" 1973.
Illustration of two blank trains inviting students to draw on them. The Graffiti Problem poster for Visual Literacy course, n.d.
Goose laying a golden egg SVA subway poster, 1975. Designed by Richard Wilde, illustrated by Charles Lilly.
Curly haired acrobat doing a handstand on a unicycle. Text reads "having a talent isn't worth much unless you know what to do with it." SVA poster, 1976. Designed by Richard Wilde and Susan Cullen Eckrote. Illustration by Ron DiSenza.
Egg on a plate with carafe and glass of milk on checkered tablecloth. SVA course announcement for Henry Sandbank, n.d. Designed by Richard Wilde.
Grid of illustrations of human eyes. Poster featuring work of SVA Media Arts students, 1981. Poster designed by Ayelet Bender.
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing. SVA course announcement for class with Ted Shaine.
"War Has Been Declared on Brooklyn" - photo of garbage Poster for Citizens Alliance to Save New York, 1975. SVA Public Advertising System, designed by SVA students.
Richard Wilde teaching at SVA program in Dublin, 1982. Richard Wilde teaching at SVA program in Dublin, 1982.
Six cloud images and boxes to draw identifiable images. Cloud Project poster for Visual Literacy course, 2011.