Design Icon: Debbie Sussman

The 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles was one of the first inspirations of my design career. At a mere 9 years old, I didn't know how important that impact would be. In the fall of 1984 my Language Arts (LA) teacher had a poster from the Olympics and I was mesmerized by it. I love that my LA teacher had a poster from the LA 84 Olympics. The double use of LA was fascinating to me. One of the designers behind the design was Debbie Sussman. She started out doing paste-up ads (which is where I started) to creating massive designs for the LA 84 Olympics (which is sort of where I am now - designing large banners for the front of the Museum of Science and Industry - I know it's not quite the same, but similar in scale). Sussman's work on the Olympics started my fascination with the design of every Olympics. To my 9-year-old self's delight, I found out that the Olympics were happening again that winter! So every opening and closing ceremony you will find me glued to the television waiting on what design inspirations would be revealed. Sussman passed away this morning after her long battle with cancer. Thank you for your inspiration.

Here's a link to a great article on Design Observer about Debbie Sussman.