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About the Author
Richard Poulin is cofounder, design director,
and principal of Poulin + Morris Inc., an
internationally recognized, multidisciplinary
design consultancy located in New York City.
His work has been published in periodi-
cals and books worldwide, is in the perma-
nent collection of the Library of Congress,
and has received awards from the American
Institute of Architects, American Institute of
Graphic Arts, Applied Arts, Communication
Arts, Creative Review, Graphis, ID, Print,
Society for Environmental Graphic Design,
Society of Publication Designers, Type Di-
rectors Club, and the Art Directors Clubs of
Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco.
Richard is a fellow of the Society for
Environmental Graphic Design (
SEGD),
the organization’s highest honor for lifetime
achievement; and past president and board
member of the New York Chapter of
AIGA,
He is also a recipient of a research grant in
design history from the Graham Foundation
for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
Since 1992, he has been a faculty mem-
ber of the School of Visual Arts in New York
City and was formerly an adjunct professor
at The Cooper Union. He has also taught
and lectured at Carnegie-Mellon University,
Maryland Institute College of Art, Massa-
chusetts College of Art, North Carolina
State University, Simmons College, Syracuse
University, University of the Arts, and Uni-
versity of Cincinnati.
He lives in New York City and
Clinton Corners, New York, with his partner
of twenty-one years.
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125:
133:

143:
153:
161:171:
181:
191:
201:
211:


229:
239:

249:

263:
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The Language of Graphic Design
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Poulin, Richard.
The language of graphic design : an illustrated handbook for
understanding fundamental design principles / Richard Poulin.
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1. Graphic arts. 2. Design. I. Title.
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