To commemorate the publication of Letterform Archive's second book, Morla : Design, please join us for an evening of design banter between two of the profession's luminaries: Michael Vanderbyl and the book's author and designer, Jennifer Morla. Books will be available for purchase (and author signature) at the event, and snacks and libations will be served.
Jennifer Morla (author and designer) established Morla Design as a multidisciplinary design firm encompassing identity, packaging, print, animation, retail, and trade environments when she was just 28 years old. With more than 300 awards of excellence, she has been recognized by virtually every organization in the field of visual communication. She is the recipient of design’s most honored accolades: The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Award and the AIGA Medal. Her work has been published extensively—most notably in Meggs’ History of Graphic Design—and has been acquired for the permanent collections of the MOMA, the SFMOMA, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Denver Art Museum, and the Library of Congress. Morla is an elected member of Zurich-based Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI), and she has served on the National Board of AIGA and acted as chair of SFMOMA’s Architecture and Design Forum.
Michael Vanderbyl has gained international prominence in the design field as a practitioner, educator, critic, and advocate. Since being established in San Francisco in 1973, his firm — Vanderbyl Design — has evolved into a multidisciplinary studio with expertise in identity, print and digital communications, interiors, showrooms, retail spaces, signage, textiles, fashion apparel, packaging, furniture, and product design. In 1987 Michael was elected a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI). In addition to serving three terms on the Board of Directors of the National AIGA, he presided as President for the 2003–2005 term; he has also served on the AIGA Education Committee and was a founding member of the AIGA San Francisco Chapter.