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The city of Chicago and the history of graphic design share a long, vital association that stems back to the city's role as the geographical and railway center of the industrial part of the country. Chicago became a center for the production and distribution of printed materials: magazine, newspaper, and book publishing, endeavors that involved a great many agencies, artists, and others. From these roots, Chicago's importance in the world of graphic design grew. The Department of Printing Arts established by the School of the Art Institute in 1921; the New Bauhaus, established in Chicago in 1937; the School of Design, established in 1938 to replace the New Bauhaus and keep the Bauhaus tradition alive; the Art Director's Club of Chicago; the Society of Typographic Arts; the 27 Chicago Designers: these are only a sampling of the highlights that demonstrate the city's prominence in graphic design history. The images in this collection reflect Chicago's place in graphic design history.
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