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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

REPOST // Werner's Wonderful Werk


Originally posted September 14: Back in WWII (actually, it was the late 80's), when I was a young designer, I followed the work of the Duffy Design Group. They produced outstanding design, but always struck me as weird that an annual report for a healthcare company could look exactly the same as one for a financial institution. Since that time I've tried very hard not to limit my design solutions to a specific "style."

Well, 20 years have passed, and the rest is history. Duffy & Partners are a mega successful, legendary design powerhouse, and well, I'm not.

I digress.
A designer who cut her teeth at Duffy has gone on to a long and celebrated career, and is now considered amongst the best in the biz. Many of you reading this are well aware of her high profile work, but for those of you who aren't, her name is Sharon Werner. Her site, WernerDesignWerks, is testomony to a wonderful, enviable design career full of top notch work. I really admire her thinking. And her approach. And her client list. You will too.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Christopher Tobias said...

it seems the 80s sparked a pseudo design-star era...or was it just that I payed attention and cared then. I don't know.
But you are right Duffy was at the top of the heap. Remember the others? How about John Sayles? Modern Dog? many others. I know that many of them are still around. I just don't pay much attention any more. Shame on me.

And Werner's work is inspiring, indeed. Thanks.

3:14 PM  
Blogger studiosmith said...

So true. I used to be able to tell you every single person out there. Like you, it's no longer on my radar, but it's fun to reminisce.

8:44 PM  

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