R. Roger Remington
Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design
He has spent his formative and adult life in upstate New York (the Adirondacks and Rochester).
His professional education in graphic design was in non-establishment settings, having studied graphic design at Rochester Institute of Technology and art history and printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
He has been on the faculty at RIT for 45 years. He considers himself primarily a teacher who has critical interests in design studies (graphic design history, theory and methods), research, writing and graphic design practice.
His teaching quality was acknowledged with receipt of the Eisenhart Annual Award for Outstanding Teaching, RIT’s highest recognition of teaching excellence. He is RIT's Massimo and Lella Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design, the first endowed chair in the School of Design.
Over the years he has maintained a professional practice in graphic design with several partners.
Since 1982 he has been seriously engaged in the research, interpretation and preservation of the history of graphic design.
He has co-chaired two major symposia on graphic design history and written <i>Nine Pioneers in American Graphic Design</i>, for The MIT Press.
His second book, Lester Beall: Trailblazer of American Graphic Design was published in July of 1996 by W.W. Norton. American Modernism Graphic Design 1920-1960, was published in 2003 for Laurence King Publishers in London. It is distributed in the United States by Yale University Press.
His new book Design and Science-The Life and Work of Will Burtin was published by Lund Humpries in Fall, 2007.
Presently he is working on a book titled The Collective Writings of Will Burtin. At RIT, for the past 25 years, he has developed a unique scholarly resource, the Graphic Design Archive.
This project involves preserving and interpreting the original source materials of 30 Modernist design pioneers such as Lester Beall, Will Burtin, Cipe Pineles, William Golden and Alvin Lustig among others.
He has initiated and developed numerous graphic design history courses at RIT. In 1999 he offered a new design history course on 20th Century Information Design which was targeted at on-line learners.
More recently he has taught a course on Women Pioneers in Graphic Design and, in cooperation with the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House, a new course on Graphic Design in Film.
In Fall 2008, he was a laureate for induction into the Hall of Fame of the New York Art Directors Club and in 2009 he was honored with the Gitner Family Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Communications.
He is guest professor at two prominent schools in Germany: the Dessau Department of Design, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau and at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbisch Gmünd.
He coordinates and is on the faculty of "Dialogues in Design," a master workshop on the French Riveria for Graphic Designers which will features Massimo Vignelli and Armando Milani.
A major career accomplishment has been the realization of the Vignelli Center for Design Studies at RIT.
This new facility will house the archive of Massimo and Lella Vignelli and be the centerpiece of bringing design excellence to innovative educational programming.