Letterform Archive – Why Start a National Design Archive?


Why Start a National Design Archive?

Why Start a National Design Archive?
with Gabriel Amijai Benderski Perez

Co-presented by Book Arts & Special Collections, San Francisco Public Library
Online Lecture at Letterform Archive
Tue, Nov 30, 2021
12:00pm–1:30pm PT

There have been few attempts to narrate or document Uruguayan design tradition; because of this, the country appears to lack a design history. A commitment to my profession, my discipline, and my nation led me to want to fill those gaps, so we founded an archive of Uruguayan graphic design on July 10, 2018.

The project began thanks to the few references I had about local graphic arts, and the desire to learn how local events of the past were communicated. In this lecture I’ll share the most curious projects developed in the territory. It is an invitation to discover the visual heritage of a country that has thus far received little attention.

About Gabriel Amijai Benderski Perez

Gabriel Amijai Benderski Perez was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, into a Jewish home in 5748 (or 1988). He started his formal training by studying graphic design at ORT University, where he obtained a BA. As an independent designer, he helped develop the 1891 brand and the stadium visual identity system for Club Atlético Peñarol.

He is also involved in the Social Poster Exhibition as part of The Uruguayan Plan for Human Rights Education, and it was declared of Educational Interest by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Thanks to the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the posters are displayed in Uruguayan Embassies around the world.

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