Elizabeth Resnick is a Professor Emerita, former chairperson of the Graphic Design Department, and was part of the faculty at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts, since 1977. She earned her B.F.A. (1970) and M.F.A. (1996) degrees in Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island. She ran her own independent Boston design studio from 1973 to 1996, working with many high-profile clients and is also a passionate design curator who has organized seven comprehensive design exhibitions. Elizabeth has written an array of design publications, which include The Social Design Reader, Bloomsbury Visual Arts (2019); Developing Citizen Designers, Bloomsbury Academic (2016) and A Problem-‐Solving Approach to Visual Communication, Prentice-‐Hall Publications (1984). As well as facilitating workshops around the world and publishing short commentaries, interviews with leading designers/design educators, and reviews for EYE Magazine (UK), Grafik Magazine (UK), tipoGrafica (Argentina), AIGA Journal of Graphic Design(US), Graphis (US), and others.
I interviewed Elizabeth about her journey in the field, her early influences and some of the many items in her collection.
First of all, could you tell me a bit about yourself, when did you start collecting printed matter?
Who were your early inspirations?
What books and content are you currently reading?
Although I am not ready to sell much of my collection, I am trying to downsize, removing books to sell (mainly commercial texts on teaching graphic design and typography—not classics. Every publisher had to produce an introductory Type and Graphic Design text. There are too many and most are crap).