Bonnie Siegler is an award-winning graphic designer. She is the founder of Eight and a Half, a multidisciplinary design studio based in New York, and before that, was the co-founder of Number Seventeen. She got her degree at Carnegie Mellon University, has taught in the graduate design programs at Yale University, RISD, and the School of Visual Arts and was the 2014 Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts at the University of Hartford.


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Here’s the thing: I love art AND commerce. The design side and the business side of graphic design are inextricably linked, and one doesn't exist without the other. I actually find the analytical side of good design and the creative side of good business (almost) equally satisfying. Designing a great logo is one thing, convincing the client it’s a great logo is another thing entirely. A great designer needs to be able to do both.

Send your questions, one and all, and I will do my best to advise with clear eyes and a full heart. Ask me anything. (The lovelorn are welcome too!) Write to [email protected] and I promise no one will ever know it came from you.

Bonnie Siegler
Dear Bonnie
08.20.15

Sources of Inspiration


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Three Reasons: World on a Wire
08.13.15

Fassbinder’s 1973 paranoid take on the future.


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Dear Bonnie
08.06.15

Baffled in Buffalo


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Three Reasons: Harold and Maude

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Dear Bonnie
07.23.15

Nesting in New York City


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Three Reasons: 12 Angry Men
07.16.15

This week’s Three Reasons: 12 Angry Men .... and one woman


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Interviewing in Indianapolis
07.02.15

Come prepared


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Three Reasons: The Bridge
06.25.15

Bernhard Wicki and the final days of WWII


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Dissatisfied in Durham
06.18.15

Dear Bonnie’s advice for communication issues between you and your boss


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Three Reasons: A Man Escaped
06.11.15

Jailbreak!


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Mediocre in Mumbai
06.04.15

Some advice on how to escape the middle of the road


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Lord of the Flies

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Dear Bonnie: Fretting in Fredericksburg
05.21.15

This week Dear Bonnie gives an unhappy designer advice on contracts, fees, and client management.


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Three Reasons: In the Mood for Love

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Dear Bonnie: Indecisive in Detroit
04.30.15

Gut instinct


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Three Reasons: Macbeth
04.23.15

Roman Polanski’s masterful film adaptation of the Shakespeare play


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Naive in Norwalk
04.16.15

Dear Bonnie doles out some homework


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Three Reasons
04.09.15

Terence Malick’s Badlands


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Lovelorn in Louisville
04.02.15

Winking at the watercooler


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Three Reasons: The Thin Blue Line
03.26.15

The Thin Blue Line


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Perplexed in Providence
03.24.15

When does inspiration become infringement? You’ll know it when you see it.


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Introducing: Three Reasons
03.12.15

Band of Outsiders


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Distressed in Dix Hills
03.05.15

Style comes naturally


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Scared in Schenectady
02.19.15

Worried about a crowded job market? Bonnie says: Fear not young designers!


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Sighing in Springfield
02.12.15

Indiscretion in the office


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Judgmental in Jackson
02.05.15

Set up? You might be surprised.


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Dear Bonnie: Anxious in Adelaide
01.29.15

Managing expectations: your boss’ and your own


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Dear Bonnie: Pondering in Ponderosa
01.22.15

Constructive criticisism


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Dear Bonnie: Tenafly to Tennessee
01.15.15

A compendium of questions


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Dear Bonnie: Lost in London
12.18.14

Are you as good as you think you are? Is your job?


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Dear Bonnie
11.24.14

This week readers respond to Bonnie … about bosses


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Dear Bonnie: Bothered in Brooklyn
11.14.14

Our own Bonnie Siegler gives readers the chance to answer a question for her


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Dear Bonnie: Not Happy in New Haven
11.07.14

Where have I seen that before?


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Unbuttoned at UC Berkeley
10.30.14

How to tactfully tackle a most delicate matter


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Dear Bonnie: Curious in Carmel

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Dear Bonnie: Dumbfounded in Dayton
10.17.14

What’s the correct response to a paying client who rejects the job?


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Dear Bonnie: Nervous in New Zealand
10.09.14

Following your heart and trusting your teachers


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Dear Bonnie: Moping in Minneapolis
10.02.14

In this week’s Dear Bonnie: Taking the Initiative


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Dear Bonnie: Annoyed in Amsterdam
09.25.14



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Dear Bonnie: Not Sure in Northern California

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Dear Bonnie: Lost in Louisville
09.10.14

This week, Dear Bonnie highlights the importance of good communication ... and manners.


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Dear Bonnie: Helpless in Hermosa Beach
08.27.14

This week Dear Bonnie turns the answering over to contest winner Erica Heinz, who encourages readers to “work collaboratively, without the need for recognition.”


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Dear Bonnie: Deals in Dillon + A Giveaway
08.21.14

This week Dear Bonnie reminds us that design should never be sold by the pound.


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Dear Bonnie: Nervous in Nantucket
08.14.14

This week Dear Bonnie encourages a new-ish employee to speak up!


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Dear Bonnie: Dissed in Denver

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Dear Bonnie: Partnering in Peoria
07.30.14

What questions do you ask to start a business partnership off right? Dear Bonnie has a few. 


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Dear Bonnie: Wondering in Westport
07.23.14

This week Dear Bonnie advises a do-everything-wonder-kid about his portfolio.


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Dear Bonnie: Aggrieved in Atlanta + Bumming in Brooklyn

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Dear Bonnie: Lost on Long Island + Stuck in Schenectady
07.02.14

This week Dear Bonnie tackles what to do when your client stops returning your calls, and how to get your brain moving.


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Dear Bonnie: Cringing in Charleston
06.12.14

This week Dear Bonnie gets to the heart of the conundrum that is graphic design. Designers represent the needs of both art and commerce, which means they serve many masters.


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Dear Bonnie: Reeling in Rotterdam + Apprehensive in Austin

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Dear Bonnie: Taunted in Tehran
05.07.14

This week Dear Bonnie answer Taunted in Tehran about proper credits when you've collaborated with a group, but one person runs off with the idea.


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Dear Bonnie: Mixed up in Martinsville

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Dear Bonnie: Frustrated in Florida

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Dear Bonnie: Confused in Connecticut
03.13.14

This week's advice from Dear Bonnie deals with aloof clients: Are they too cool or embarrassedly avoiding your questions because they just don't know the answers?


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Dear Bonnie: Women of Washington + Young in Youngstown
03.05.14

This week's advice from Dear Bonnie focuses on women: are there enough women represented on jury panels, in board rooms, anywhere; and is there any specific advice for young female designers?


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Dear Bonnie: Cheated in Chicago
02.26.14

This week Dear Bonnie — our truth-telling advice column from Bonnie Siegler — advises independent artist "Cheated in Chicago" on the best course of action when her work is being used by a large brand without her permission.


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Dear Bonnie: Trapped In Toledo + Desperately Seeking Designers
02.12.14

This week Dear Bonnie — our truth-telling advice column from Bonnie Siegler — advises Trapped In Toledo on how to win over his client's communications officer and Desperately Seeking Designers on finding talented, deserving young hires.


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Dear Bonnie: Tips for Toyland
02.05.14

This week Dear Bonnie — our truth-telling advice column from Bonnie Siegler — takes a lok at the pitfalls of casual letter writing.


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Dear Bonnie: Bullied in Brighton

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Dear Bonnie: Interested in India + Window Dressing in Wisconsin

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Dear Bonnie: Troubled in Techworld + Befuddled in Buffalo
12.04.13

Our first Dear Bonnie — a new truth-telling advice column from Bonnie Siegler.





Influences

Andy Warhol
Mad Magazine
Saul Bass
Ed Ruscha
Maurice Binder
Ruth Ansel
Paul Rand
Creative Opportunities
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