June 2009

Richard Poulin Selected as Editor and Designer of 2008 SVA Senior Library

Continuing its annual publication, Senior Library, the School of Visual Arts (SVA) selected Richard Poulin, SVA adjunct professor since 1992, as this year's editor and designer. Richard and his team at Poulin + Morris were responsible for this 440-page hardcover, bound volume held within an open-ended slipcase. The 2008 Library entitled "Exposed" contains over 100 selections encompassing a wide range of categories—advertising campaigns, book jackets, editorial, identity and branding programs, packaging, posters, publications, three-dimensional design, and typography. Richard's goal for this year's Library is that it celebrate student work through an intimate visual experience, allowing the reader to connect with the detail, quality, passion, and commitment demonstrated by each student. "Exposed" also presents the traditional and non-traditional processes and materials used in book arts. For example, the book jacket features the title die-cut from a fluorescent green cover stock exposing the book's smythe-sewn binding and the slipcase is wrapped in make-ready sheets from the book's printing run. The Library also includes a separate folder containing a DVD of SVA Motion Graphics projects.

The Senior Library, now in its 6th year, was established by Richard Wilde, chairperson of the Graphic Design and Advertising Department. It showcases the best work from graduating students, as well as provides a long-standing faculty member with the opportunity of editing and designing the annual publication. The Library's readership ranges from former, current, and future SVA students to prospective employers and the design community-at-large. The editor and designer of the book is given total creative freedom; the only requirement being that the book measures 7 inches by 10 inches and is packaged in some manner.