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He was recognized for his achievements by every major American design organization: National Society of Art Directors of the Year Award in 1950, AIGA Gold Medal Award in1975, Art Directors Hall of Fame in 1977 and in 1983, he received the Frederic W. Goudy Award from RIT.

Thompson was born in 1911 and died in 1995, he was from topeka, Kansas. He studied at Washburn University graduating in the class of 1934. While attending the program he designed the school’s mascot, The Ichabod.


He is legendary for his ability to merge and blend modernist typographic organizations with classic typefaces. His historic engraving illustrations and working with inventive four color process plate.


Thompson moved to New York in 1938. Over the next sixty years he unfurled an astonishing talent and embraced every graphic design opportunity he could. He worked as art director at the Rogers-KelloggStillson printing firm and then at Mademoiselle magazine. Designing for Westvaco Corporation, designed a typeface, then ending his career as a teaching at Yale University, where he stayed for many years.


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Michael Batiste KCAI 2014


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