Lorraine Wild

Canadian (Ontario, Canada, 1953)

Los Angeles-based graphic designer and educator Lorraine Wild was educated at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and at Yale University. At Cranbrook she was part of the first generation of designers who, under the tutelage of graphic design program head Katherine McCoy, began taking apart the clear grids and reduced forms of postwar Modernism and creating collages that seemed more responsive to the fractured nature of our communications-saturated society.

Through much of her career Wild has specialized in books, particularly visually sophisticated collaborations with artists, architects, and museums. She has designed award-winning publications on the work of Daniel Libeskind, John Hejduk, Mike Kelley, Richard Tuttle, Bill Viola, Morphosis, and many others. If her work shares any signature, it is a sense of flow that gives even the most diverse typefaces, disparate layouts, strange images, and dense bodies of text an intrinsic and logical relationship to the other elements on the page.

From 1985 to 1991, Wild directed the graphic design program at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California (and has continued to teach there in years since). She was also a founding partner of the Los Angeles design firm ReVerb in the early 1990s. In 1996 she established her own studio, which now goes by the name of Green Dragon Office.

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