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About mica

the Maryland Institute College of Art

Founded in 1826, the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore is the oldest accredited art school in the United States. MICA has educated artists for almost two centuries, from the Industrial Revolutionit was first called the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Artsto the current era of digital innovation. To commemorate this incredible heritage, the school has published Making History / Making Art / MICA, a lavishly produced illustrated history designed by Pentagrams Abbott Miller, who is a member of the schools graphic design faculty. Written by Douglas L. Frost, MICAs Vice President for Development Emeritus, the highly readable book follows the evolution of the schools educational program in the context of historical, technological and cultural change, and spotlights the schools transformative role in the Baltimore community, particularly the Bolton Hill neighborhood where it is located.

The book design integrates the institutional identity designed by Miller for MICA in 2007. Bridging the schools history, the cover of the book features the Main Building, built in 1908, wrapped in a translucent jacket of the identitys graphic pattern, which was inspired by industrial elements in the schools architecture and the high-tech frit of the iconic Brown Center, built in 2004. Inside, the story of the school is traced through 450 images including historical photographs, illustrations, works of art by students and faculty, building plans, artifacts and ephemera. The design uses fonts of the identity, Giza and Griffith Gothic, the latter of which was originally designed by a local designer, Chauncey Griffith. Lexicon is the text font.


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