[This article and interview was originally published on the SPD site in 2009 to coincide with the Emory Douglas exhibit at the New Museum in NYC.]
The fiercest and baddest art director of all time is Emory Douglas
, who as Minister of Culture and Revolutionary Artist for the Black Panther Party
designed and illustrated the Black Panther newspaper from 1967-1980. His bold, provocative graphics and illustrations were a signature for the era, and with his designs for the party's posters, buttons, banners, and publications he created one of the most memorable and lasting visual brands of all time. The AIGA
has announced that it will award a 2015 Medal to Douglas
to acknowledge his brilliant inspiring work and his graphic influence. The award will be presented at the AIGA Gala
on April 14, 2015 in New York City.
Be sure to check out the book Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas
, which features many of the works on that were exhibited at the Douglas show at the New Museum in 2009, as well as lengthy interviews and background information.