Flashpoints and flash cards
November 20, 2013

Flashpoints and flash cards

By: zacharysachs

The AIGA Journal for December 1969 (one of the many such publications and annuals in the Henry Wolf Collection) featured the association’s annual review of textbooks and, for the first time, a special section for learning aids.

Book spread; left page contains black geometric shapes, right page a column of text

Journal of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Number 11 December 1969. Designed by Milton Glaser and Vincent Ceci.

The latter ranged from basic workbooks to a crate-sized tool chest with several drawers of Platonic solids. The Foreign Policy Association contributed a board game for the classroom. Dangerous Parallel, a war simulation for 12 to 48 students, revolved around the actions and responses of student groups, each of which assumed the role of one of six governments corresponding roughly to the participants in the Korean War. (It’s now the subject of several academic papers.)

Photograph of seven kit-books containing badges, pads, folders, a filmstrip and a vinyl record

Dangerous Parallel, a teaching aid by the Foreign Policy Association (1968)

Designed by Hal Kearney and Tom Gorman, it consisted of seven kit-books with badges, pads, folders, a filmstrip and a vinyl record. Four thousand were produced, each costing $60 (about $350 today).

A few other interesting selections from the competition, including another by Kearney:

Black and white photograph of components of a Arithmetic Fact kit

Arithmetic Fact Kit, a teaching aid by Science Research Associates. Designed by William Zdeblick and Joseph DiChiarro, 1968.

Black and white photograph of an arrangement of reversible puzzles

Reversible Puzzles, a teaching aid by General Learning Corporation. Designed by Sara Stein and Tobias O’Mara, with art by Sara Stein (1968).

Black and white photograph of a small storage shelf containing various tactile objects

Sense-Tell, a pre-primary science teaching aid by Scott, Foresman, and Company. Designed by Hal Kearney and Ed Bedno, with art by James Ballard (1968).