Hard Work and Dumb Luck: 39 Years of Work and Play

With Gail Anderson

3 May 2023

Online via Zoom

Online time (BST): 7:00-8:30pm

Online tickets (BST): £4.50, £6.50

Please note: you will be emailed the Zoom link for the talk at 6pm BTS on the day of the talk

Book Tickets HERE

Navigating – and surviving – a design career that’s heading into its 40th year can be a challenge. But it’s not without its rewards! Come and listen to the story of Gail Anderson, a type-loving designer who’s moved from book covers to magazines to Broadway theatre to education. Grab your popcorn (and dental floss) – it’s sure to be an interesting ride.

Gail Anderson is an NYC-based designer, educator, and writer. She is Chair of BFA Design and BFA Advertising at the School of Visual Arts and creative director at Visual Arts Press. Anderson has served as senior art director at Rolling Stone, creative director of design at SpotCo, and as a designer at The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Vintage Books. She has taught at SVA for over 30 years and has co-authored 15 books on design, typography, and illustration with Steven Heller.Anderson serves on the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee for the US Postal Service and the advisory boards of Poster House and The One Club for Creativity. She is an AIGA Medalist, the 2018 recipient of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Award for Lifetime Achievement, and a 2022 Art Directors Club Manship Medallion honoree.

Her work is represented in the Library of Congress’ permanent collection, the Milton Glaser Design Archives, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.


We would like to thank Google and The Wynkyn de Worde Society Charitable Trust for their generosity in sponsoring this lecture.