Colin Forbes Philosophical designer

A British graphic designer, Forbes took an unusual approach to setting up a design firm: a strong desire to have a multidisciplinary team. The co-founders of the resulting new company, Pentagram, named for the five “star” founders: Theo Crosby (architect), Kenneth Grange (industrial designer), Mervyn Kurlansky and Alan Fletcher (graphic designers), and Forbes. With the … Read more

From This is True for 29 May 2022

Colin Cantwell Concept artist

Born in San Francisco, Calif., Cantwell had an insatiable curiosity and thirst for knowledge: by the end of the first grade he had gone through all the books in his school’s library; he then moved on to the public library. He studied various fields at the University of California at Los Angeles, which took his … Read more

From This is True for 22 May 2022

David Walden The IMPish

Born in Washington state, Walden’s family moved to San Francisco when he was 4. He went to school at the University of California at Berkeley, but dropped out after just one semester due to his poor grades. He regrouped and went to San Francisco State, getting his BS in mathematics, during which time he worked … Read more

From This is True for 8 May 2022

Johnnie Jones War hero

Growing up in Laurel Hill, Louisiana, Jones went to Southern University in Baton Rouge and, shortly after graduating, was drafted into the U.S. Army. It was 1943: World War II was in full swing, and Jones was assigned to the 494th Port Battalion, attached to the 6th Engineer Special Brigade that took part in Operation … Read more

From This is True for 1 May 2022