Sylvia Harris (1953-2011)
Design strategist, Sylvia Harris, partnered with high-profile clients—in business, nonprofit and government—to yield rewarding projects and a life’s work dedicated to removing barriers by ensuring that public information systems are accessible to everyone. Throughout her life she had the opportunity to work in various fields. She was the former director on the AIGA national board and the principal of Citizen Research & Design. She also played a role on the U.S. Postal Service’s Citizen’s Stamp Advisory Committee and taught design to students at both Purchase College, the State University of New York and the graduate graphic design program at Yale.
Harris also founded her own firm in 1994, Sylvia Harris, LLC, where she gives advice to institutional clients on the design of public information systems. She is best known for her work in Central Park Zoo in NY, her participation in the 2000 U.S census and her iconic stamps at the post office. Ms. Harris’ work has often been praised as a result of good design. Her work has influenced many people including her colleagues and students and will never be forgotten.
Do you know of other females who have made significant contribution to the field of design? Who are they? What have they done?