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Poster, Earth Day '95, 1995

This is a Poster. It was designed by Paul Rand. It is dated 1995 and we acquired it in 2002. Its medium is offset lithograph on white paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Best known for his work with corporate logos and branding identities, Paul Rand’s minimalist, structured approach to graphic design can also be seen in his various one-off poster designs, like “Earth Day… ’95.” The poster was designed for a poster exhibition first shown at New York’s World Trade Center as part of Earth Day New York 1995, and then traveled to schools around the US. The exhibition included the work of eighty-four designers from around the world to demonstrate the global importance of environmental issues. While these posters were previously made, ten US designers, including Rand, were commissioned to create new posters pro bono. The ten posters were printed either with dryography, a water- and alcohol-free printing process, and vegetable-based inks; or using specially made recycled paper. Rand’s use of a grid of green hearts and one single red heart suggests the human connection to the environment. Repetition and bold colors were characteristic of his work.

It is credited Gift of Marion S. Rand.

Its dimensions are

90.2 x 61.0 cm (35 1/2 x 24 in. )

It is signed

Signed [imprinted] in gold ink, lower right: Paul Rand

Cite this object as

Poster, Earth Day '95, 1995; Designed by Paul Rand (American, 1914–1996); USA; offset lithograph on white paper; 90.2 x 61.0 cm (35 1/2 x 24 in. ); Gift of Marion S. Rand; 2002-11-7

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