Keep in touch with events sponsored by the archive and in the graphic design community, additions to the collection, and opportunities to join with us in thanking volunteers and contributors.

Nancy Yerkes Acquisitions Demonstrate Versatility

October 22, 2020

The most recent accession to the West Michigan Graphic Design Archives includes 36 projects by Nancy Yerkes. The work includes marketing materials for the furniture industry and area governmental and nonprofit organizations, as well as personal holiday cards and birth announcements, representing skills in  logo design, typography, and illustration. All display Nancy’s solid and often […]

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AIGA Hosts The Archives Series: Transform

September 10, 2019

The fourth event in The Archives Series hosted by AIGA West Michigan is planned for Thursday, October 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The location will be the newly expanded Newell Brands Design Center, in Kalamazoo, both a showplace and work site for multi-disciplinary design teams. The theme, “Transform,” includes special effects that go to […]

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AIGA announces ‘Discovery: Beyond White Paper’ in The Archives Series

April 23, 2019

The third event in the AIGA The Archives Series is scheduled for Monday evening, August 12, at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts. Called ‘Discovery: Beyond White Paper,’ the event will include a short presentation and exhibit of over 40 pieces from the archives collection that demonstrate the possibilities beyond ink on white paper. You’ll […]

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AIGA plans The Archives Series: Color

March 20, 2019

AIGA West Michigan has announced the second in its four-part series in collaboration with the West Michigan Graphic Design Archives, focused on “color.”  Among the questions to be explored through this selection from the complete Archives collection are: • What can be achieved with one color? How about twelve colors? • How does colored paper play a […]

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AIGA hosts The Archives Series: Connect

On February 26, AIGA West Michigan hosted the first of four events featuring a special presentation of work from the Archives. This first event focused on 16 posters and 40 smaller pieces that showed a connection between designers, photographers, and illustrators. The presentation was curated by Barbara Loveland and Linda Powell, 2017 AIGA West Michigan Fellow Award […]

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Archives Invites Visitors to Be Inspired

December 27, 2018

The West Michigan Graphic Design Archives, housed at the Zhang Regional Collections Center on the campus of Western Michigan University, invites visitors to tour its facility and view its collection. An in-person introduction to the contents and services of the Archives is invaluable to design students, educators, researchers, and practitioners. The Archives offers tours of […]

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Square One Builds Archives Collection

This fall, 49 projects from Square One Design were added to the West Michigan Graphic Design Archives. The projects include work for Steelcase, Herman Miller, Prince, Bexley Health, Underground Studio, X-Rite, Autocam, and others. Square One Design was established in Grand Rapids in 1985 by Lin Ver Meulen. Their primary focus is corporate graphic design: […]

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Newell Brands Supports Archives

August 24, 2018

Thank you to Newell Brands, which donated five portable display stands that the Archives can use for exhibiting up to 30 posters from the collection at off-site locations. We’re also grateful to be a resource to designers at the Newell Brands Design Center in Kalamazoo, who regularly access the collection for reference and creative inspiration. […]

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Paper Companies Continuing Contributors to Archives

The Graphic Design Archives at Zhang Legacy Collections Center was pleased to host Christine Schaaf, Midwest national accounts manager for Mohawk Paper Company, and Chuck Oleniczak, specification sales director for Central Michigan Paper (and member of the Archives advisory board) this spring. They were able to reminisce over projects in the collection printed on Mohawk […]

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Recent Acquisitions Feature Annual Reports and Illustration

June 7, 2018

After review, the graphic design advisory committee has received a number of additions to the collection, representing the timeframe from the 1940s through the 2010s. Over 40 pieces are included, representing the work of, Irving Harper, John Massey, Roger Gould, Steve Frykholm, Yang Kim, and others. While every piece is of interest, a few parts […]

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Entire Collection of Herman Miller Picnic Posters Coming Together

May 24, 2018

The archives is pleased to have all 38 Herman Miller picnic posters in-house. These include 20 from Steve Frykholm, 11 from Kathy Stanton, five from Brian Edlefson, and two from Andrew Dull. While many of the posters are included in various collections (MOMA, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, for example), we’re not aware of many […]

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Many Thanks to Photographers

May 10, 2018

Our physical archive is valuable, without question. It’s the photography of each individual piece that allows people around the world to browse and learn from our collection. That’s only possible because of the expertise and time donated by a number of people: Yolanda Gonzalez and Mike Gorman, the Mr & Mrs creative team; Martin Schoenborn; […]

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Students Win Silver for Archives Website

April 26, 2018

The Ferris State University student team for the West Michigan Graphic Design Archive Website project won silver at the ADDY awards, in the category S12 Website (Desktop or Mobile). Congratulations to those students – Blake Olinger-Royer, Natalie Ezabele, and Andrea Cordes – and to the faculty members who advised them, Nic Mata and Alison Popp. […]

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Visit Our Exhibit at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center

October 6, 2017

Over 50 designs from the West Michigan Graphic Design Archives will be on display through December 20, 2017 at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center, Western Michigan University, 1650 Oakland Drive. Stop in to see archival design work from Upjohn, Brunswick, WMU College of Fine Arts, Herman Miller, and French Paper.  

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Thanks to Invaluable Supporters

February 14, 2017

The Archives would not have come into being without support and contributions from: AIGA West Michigan Central Michigan Paper Ferris State University French Paper Company Herman Miller, Inc. Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University Zhang Legacy Collections Center at Western Michigan University For the various gifts of knowledge, skills, and other […]

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Nurturing the Seeds of the Archives

January 19, 2017

Linda Powell and Barbara Loveland, both nationally recognized graphic designers and experienced educators, identified the need for the Archives through conversations with former colleagues and mentors. They recruited professionals with an interest in the intersecting fields of graphic design, paper, and printing, whom we recognize with gratitude for their investment in shaping the vision: John […]

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