Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985–2010 represents an 18-month effort in planning, curating and organizing. The curators would like to thank the following individuals and institutions for their assistance, contribution and support:

James Lapides, owner of the International Poster Gallery, for planting the initial idea for a comprehensive exhibition on international AIDS Awareness posters, and for so generously lending a small portion of his incredible collection that serves as the foundation of this exhibition.

To the poster designers, awareness and prevention organizations, community groups, non-profit institutions, local and national governments that are at the front lines of the global battle against AIDS, for giving us the opportunity to create this powerful exhibition, not only for our academic and professional community, but hopefully for a larger public where it can inform, inspire and empower.

Steven Heller, Chaz Maviyane-Davis and Suzi Peel for their essay contributions that add valuable context and insight to the exhibition.

Curatorial Programs staff at Massachusetts College of Art and Design: Lisa Tung, Director, and Chloe Zaug, Assistant Director for their invaluable support for this project. Rob Gainfort, preparator, Darci Hanna, curatorial assistant, India Clark, gallery education coordinator, and the many dedicated gallery staff who make exhibitions and related public programs possible.

Dr. Katherine Sloan, President of Massachusetts College of Art and Design, for her unwavering vision and inspiring efforts in support of all the arts.

Professor Emeritus Johanna Branson for her steadfast support of the extensive travel schedule for The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice and The Environment 1965–2005 whose proceeds fully funded this catalog production. Dr. Mahnaz Shah for her cultural research and writing assistance in developing the descriptions for the posters.

Sappi Paper, through their Account Executive and Commercial Market Manager, Laura Brosius, for donating the paper used for this catalog, and for their commitment to the graphic design community at large.

Lynn Horsky and PROCESS for her generous spirit and expert print production support.
Garrett Pembroke, Pixelslam, for image preparation.

AIGA Boston, the hub of the design community in Boston, for their support of this project, and their ongoing and fundamental role promoting the impact of design to the world.

The curators wish to thank the following people who offered their language expertise in translation of the foreign language posters:
Professor Lisa Rosowsky (French), Professor Ellen Shapiro (Italian), Professor Kye-soo Myung (Korean), Professor Alston Purvis (Dutch), Lakshmi and Sarita Naidu (Hindi), Roger Savonen (Swedish), Anum Awan and Sadia Shiraz (Arabic), Connie Wang (Chinese), Rita Ferreira (Portuguese), Bárá K. Jichová (Czech), Vlad Ivashin (Russian), Richard Straitmatter-Tran (Vietnamese), Christoph Wassong (German).

Philip Wang for the design and programming of the website and photographing the posters.

Rita Ferreira for inspired research and support as well as the design and production of the catalog.

Steve Haley of Metalwoods Workshop, Inc. for his superb framing of all the posters.
Lori Kraemer for expertly supervising the print production of this exhibition catalogue.

Graphic Design faculty at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a well spring of inspiration and support.

Our families for their support: Victor Cockburn and Gary Arena, husband and life partners.

This exhibition was made possible by Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.

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Elizabeth Resnick is Professor and Chair of Graphic Design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston. She received her BFA and MFA in Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. She served on the AIGA Boston chapter board from 1989–2005; on the first AIGA National Design Education Steering Committee from 2003–2005; and was the 2008 recipient of AIGA Boston's Fellow Award.

Professor Resnick is a passionate design curator who has organized five comprehensive design exhibitions with fellow colleagues: Russell Mills: Within/Without (1991) with Teresa Flavin; Dutch Graphic Design: 1918-1945 (1994) with Alston W. Purvis; Makoto Saito: Art of the Poster (1999) with Jan Kubasiewicz; The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice and The Environment 1965–2005 (2005) with Chaz Maviyane-Davies and Frank Baseman, and the current exhibition Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Awareness Posters 1985–2010 (2010) with Javier Cortés.

Elizabeth's book publications include Design for Communication: Conceptual Graphic Design Basics, John Wiley & Sons (2003) and Graphic Design: A Problem-Solving Approach to Visual Communication, Prentice-Hall (1984). She writes occasional commentaries and event reviews and has interviewed prominent designers and design educators, which have been published in EYE (UK), AIGA Journal of Graphic Design (USA), Graphis (USA) Graphics International (UK), TipoGrafica (Argentina) and IDEA (Japan).

Javier Cortés is Partner and Creative Director at Korn Design, a brand strategy and design firm with offices in Boston and New York. He has an uncanny ability to realize complex brand strategies with ease, producing meaningful design that both delights and supports business and creative objectives. Driven by innovation, Cortés is admired for his deep knowledge of emerging lifestyle trends, abundance of bold ideas, and dynamic visual style, serving clients in the hospitality, retail, cultural, non-profit and institutional sectors.

Cortés' award-winning work has been published and honored by AIGA's National Competition, The James Beard Foundation, Graphis, How magazine and Print magazine. He has also earned multiple awards from The Best of New England Design Competition (B. O. N. E.).

A native of Mexico City, Cortés received his BFA, Magna Cum Laude, from Boston University. Cortés is currently a Connector for Mayor Thomas M. Menino's Boston World Partnerships program, and in the past served as Vice President of AIGA Boston, where he established innovative sponsorship strategies and oversaw an all-volunteer committee, coordinating over 25 design events and programs per year.

James Lapides, a native of New Haven, Connecticut, graduated from Yale University in 1974 magna cum laude with distinction in the History of Art, specializing in Italian Renaissance art. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1979. James started to seriously collect vintage posters in 1990 primarily focusing on Italian poster art. In 1994, he opened International Poster Gallery located on Newbury Street in Boston, uniting his passion for posters with his business acumen. James has lectured and written extensively on posters in addition to curating numerous exhibitions. Under his direction, International Poster Gallery has developed a reputation as one of the finest galleries specializing in vintage poster art.

Steven Heller, author and editor of over 130 books on graphic design, satiric art and popular culture, is the co-founder and co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is also co-founder of the MFA in Design Criticism, MFA in Interaction Design, MFA Social Documentary Film and MPS Branding programs. On the editorial side, for over 40 years he has been an art director for various underground and mainstream periodicals. For 33 years he was an art director at the New York Times (28 of them as senior art director New York Times Book Review). He currently writes the "Visuals" column for the Book Review and "Graphic Content" for the T-Style/The Moment blog. He is editor of AIGA VOICE: Online Journal of Design, a contributing editor to Print, EYE, and Baseline, and a frequent contributor to Metropolis and ID magazines. He contributes regularly to Design Observer and writes the DAILY HELLER blog for Print ( He is the recipient of the 1999 AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement. His website is
The Paper War on AIDS

Suzi Peel works for children through education, public health and philanthropy. Following years of teaching and curriculum design, she focused on health education and prevention of child illness and death. She pursued advocacy, fundraising and program support for the millions of children orphaned by AIDS. The massive challenges posed by their growing numbers required new technologies for epidemiology, monitoring services, and evaluating program outcomes and impact. Her work in Africa brought home the failure of health communications based on written text given that the poorest of the poor were illiterate with little or no access to education. The need for effective visual communication—such as posters by graphic designers and communications experts—is great in order to reach the "bottom billion." She catalyzes learning across disciplines at the intersection of education, health, communication and technical innovation.

Chaz Maviyane-Davies has been described by the UK's Design magazine as "the guerrilla of graphic design." For more than two decades the award-winning, controversial designer's powerful work has taken on issues of consumerism, health, nutrition, social responsibility, the environment and human rights. He has studied (MA, the Central School of Art and Design in London) and worked in Britain, Japan, Malaysia, the US and Zimbabwe, his country of origin. From 1983 until recently he ran the renowned design studio in Harare, Zimbabwe, The Maviyane-Project. Due to adverse political conditions in his homeland, Maviyane-Davies moved to the US in 2001, where he is currently Professor of Design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. As well as being published in numerous books, international magazines and newspapers, his work has been exhibited extensively and is included in several permanent collections at various galleries.