Vignelli Center
for Design Studies
Rochester Institute of Technology

Ladislav Sutnar Prize
Awarded to Professor
R. Roger Remington

The Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design

at Rochester Institute of Technology, R. Roger Remington received the Ladislav Sutnar Prize from the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic on October 26, 2015.


Remington in front of Adolf Loos building in Pilsen, Czech Republic, 2015. Photo by Eric Hurtado



The Ladislav Sutnar Prize

Since 2012, the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art has awarded the prize to honor outstanding international designers, educators, artists and institutions for their contributions to the world of design and art. Remington included a chapter on Sutnar in his 1989 book, Nine Pioneers in American Graphic Design, endearing him to many in the Czech design community. The Ladislav Sutnar Prize award ceremony was part of an international design gathering from Oct. 26-30. The one-week major design event  brings together representatives, teachers and students of top international schools focused on design and art.



Ladislav Sutnar

A highly accomplished designer in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s, Sutnar (1897-1976) moved to the United States in 1939 and remained in New York City for the rest of his career. The versatile Modernist designer made significant contributions to information design, many of which were chronicled in his book, Visual Design in Action, which summarized his major accomplishments.



The Ladislav Sutnar Collection, RIT Graphic Design Archives

The Ladislav Sutnar Collection numbers approximately 215 items dating from 1940 to 1970 documenting the work of Sutnar (1897-1976). The collection includes printed samples of Sutnar’s periodical covers, advertisements, catalogs, books, displays, and posters.


Approximately 50 items in the collection were part of a traveling exhibition developed by the Cincinnati Art Museum and funded by the Champion Paper Company. The exhibition display panels were donated to RIT by the Champion Paper Company in 1968 and transferred to the Special Collections in July 1991. The majority of items were obtained from the collection of Noel Martin.


The collection was sorted and re-housed by Pei-Ying Wu in July and August 1996. Ms. Wu also created a folder-level finding guide for the collection which is available in its entirety as a PDF file by clicking here: Ladislav Sutnar Collection: Finding Guide. via RIT Graphic Design Archive Online.


The Graphic Design Archives at RIT document and preserve the work of significant American graphic designers active from the 1920s to the 1950s. In addition, selected contemporary designers working in the modernist traditions are also included. While many of the GDA collections represent the complete surviving work of a particular designer, some are smaller sample collections that document a portion of a designer’s career. The Archives are located in the Wallace Library on the Rochester Institute of Technology Campus in Rochester, New York.


Remington is the first faculty member in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences’ School of Design to receive an endowed professorship and has authored four books on graphic design history as well as numerous essays.