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133. Design Stuff: Paul Rand

This week, Ryan, Garreth, and Cody sit down for another installment of Design Stuff, a segment devoted to design, designers and their words and ideas. This episode is devoted to another looming name in the design canon: Paul Rand. During his 80-something years on Earth, he proved the breadth of designers and had no issues speaking bluntly about the widespread impact of the designed world.

Growing up in New York in the early 20th century, Paul Rand had a desire to attend art school from a young age. Despite this surety, his father encouraged him to attend school for something more stable, forcing Paul to attend Pratt for night classes. Through his classwork and first jobs, Paul amassed an exceptional portfolio of work and skills that allowed him to work his way quickly through the ranks of designers and art directors in New York, eventually landing him clients such as IBM, ABC, UPS and more before spending the majority of his later career teaching and writing.

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