Frank Baseman, associate professor of Graphic Design Communication, received the prestigious 2008 AIGA Philadelphia Fellow Award at a dinner and awards ceremony June 26 in Philadelphia.
“AIGA Philadelphia and the local design community are proud to honor Frank with the Fellow Award,” said Kelly Holohan, president of AIGA Philadelphia. “He has dedicated himself to our profession, his students and the community.”
Baseman, also principal of the firm Baseman Design Associates, was honored for his significant contributions to the design community. The Fellow Award recognizes designers “who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community as well as in their local AIGA chapter,” according to AIGA. Education, writing, leadership, and reputation as well as the practice of design are all considered in selecting the award recipient.
“The AIGA Fellow Award is testament to Frank’s contributions to design, and I would particularly note his impact on the community through his work on gun control and the Graphic Imperative project,” said Jeff Senese, vice president for academic affairs. “He is an outstanding faculty member and designer and his work directly impacts people and their lives.”
Baseman last year designed an anti-violence poster as a pro bono public service project for use in Philadelphia bus shelters. The poster, a striking design listing all 406 people killed in the city in 2006 with a large gun positioned in the middle, became somewhat of a cause célèbre after the city refused to use it – saying it was too graphic – and was the subject of several columns by Monica Yant Kinney in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Baseman also is co-curator of the traveling exhibition “The Graphic Imperative: International Posters for Peace, Social Justice and the Environment, 1965-2005,” a striking look at 40 years of sociopolitical posters from around the world.
Frank Baseman has been working in the graphic design industry for more than twenty years. Prior to starting Baseman Design Associates, he was an art director at Philadelphia magazine. He has also worked as a senior designer and art director with Walter Bernard and Milton Glaser and at the Berhardt Fudyma Design Group in New York.
Baseman has served on the AIGA National Board of Directors, was the founding chair of the steering committee for the AIGA Design Education Community of Interest and was co-chair of Revolution: Philadelphia, a national AIGA Design Education Conference in 2005.