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The Mead Library of Ideas
Tony Palladino Collection: Drawer 9, Folder 8. Poster for exhibition Poster USA 1960-1970.
November 10, 2013

The Mead Library of Ideas

The Mead Library of Ideas, a gallery maintained by the Mead paper company in New York’s Pan Am building, held exhibitions in the 1970s showcasing the best contemporary graphic design. In a mode similar to professional organizations like the Art Director’s Club or AIGA, the Mead Library recognized exceptional work in traditional industry formats like the poster, annual report, etc. Several designers in the archives were commissioned by the gallery, including Chermayeff and Geismar and Seymour Chwast:

Photograph of colorful magazine spines stacked.

Chermayeff & Geismar Collection: Box 26, Folder 13. Poster for Mead Library of Ideas 23rd International Annual Report Competition, 17 × 22 in., 1979.

Color cartoon of a man drawing a woman, who comes to life and pulls him into the drawing. Title: My Best Work

Seymour Chwast Collection: Drawer 37, Item A54. Poster for Mead Library Ideas Exhibition My Best Work, 12 × 24 in., 1971.