by Rich Kiley
R. Roger Remington, the Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design at Rochester Institute of Technology, will receive the Ladislav Sutnar Prize from the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic, in October.
Since 2012, the Ladislav Sutnar faculty of design and art has awarded the prize to honor outstanding international designers, educators, artists and institutions for their contributions to the world of design and art. Remington included a chapter on Sutnar in his 1989 book, Nine Pioneers in American Graphic Design, endearing him to many in the Czech design community.
A highly accomplished designer in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s, Sutnar moved to the United States in 1939 and remained in New York City for the rest of his career. The versatile Modernist designer made significant contributions to information design, many of which were chronicled in his book, Visual Design in Action, which summarized his major accomplishments.
The Ladislav Sutnar Prize award ceremony is part of an international design gathering Oct. 26-30. The one-week major design event will bring together representatives, teachers and students of top international schools focused on design and art.
Remington is the first faculty member in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences’ School of Design to receive an endowed professorship and has authored four books on graphic design history.
A native of West Palm Beach, Fla., he studied graphic design at RIT and art history and printmaking at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Remington is a past recipient of the Eisenhart Annual Award for Outstanding Teaching—RIT’s highest recognition of teaching excellence.