Pictured is a postcard from Jade West, a Cantonese restaurant on Southwest First Avenue and Harrison Street (sadly, no longer extant) that served as the de facto clubhouse for the Designers’ Roundtable, the progenitor to our local chapter of the AIGA. Here, under no structure save periodic visits from a cocktail waitress, Byron Ferris and other communications luminaries sat and hashed through what it meant to be a designer. Pinch rabbi Thom Smith and priest Timothy Leigh were members, and Mr. Leigh is working with us to cobble together a secret history of those days when commercial art was searching for something more meaningful. Chapters in that history will appear here at Bespoke over the coming months; check back early and often.
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