Georg Olden (1920-1975)
Meet one of the first African Americans in the graphic design industry. Olden pioneered the field of broadcast graphics in 1945 as the head of on air promotions at CBS. He supervised the identity development of programs such as I Love Lucy, Lassie, and Gunsmoke; and helped produce the vote-tally scoreboard used for the first televised presidential election returns in 1952.
In 1963, he became the first person of African decent to design a US postage stamp, a chain-commemorated the 100th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation. Olden is also famous for designing the Clio statuette and winning seven Clio awards. Olden paved the way for increased acceptance of and opportunities for black American’s in the creative industry.