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P. Scott Makela (1960-1999)

P. Scott Makela, a groundbreaking graphic designer and multimedia artist, studied at Cranbrook, where he also served as designer-in-residence.

His work with wife and partner Laurie Haycock was a dynamic blending of his unique design vision and her deeply nuanced lyricism developed from her book typography. Many of the themes in Scott's work came from the synergy between them.

Scott's typefaces, including Dead History, were made for what he needed to say at the time. He took great delight in making for the moment, and type design allowed him to create a voice for expressing the now. In 2011 Dead History was one of 23 digital typefaces included in the permanent architecture and design collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Design and life were an integrated continuum for Scott, each enriching the other. Scott passed away in 1999.

Dead History