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R. Roger Remington has spent his formative and adult life in upstate New York (the Adirondacks and Rochester). His professional education in graphic design was at non-establishment settings, having studied at Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Since 2006, he is Massimo and Lella Vignelli Distinguished Professor of Design at RIT, the first endowed professorship in the School of Design.

He considers himself primarily a teacher who has critical interests in design studies (graphic design history, theory and methods), research, writing and graphic design practice. His teaching excellence has been acknowledged at RIT by the Eisenhart Annual Award for Outstanding Teaching and by the Education Award of the American Center for Design.

Since 1982 he has been seriously engaged in the research, interpretation and preservation of the history of graphic design. He has co-chaired two major symposia on graphic design history and written Nine Pioneers in American Graphic Design, for The MIT Press. His second book, Lester Beall: Trailblazer of American Graphic Design was published in July of 1996 by W.W. Norton. American Modernism: Graphic Design 1920-1960 was published in 2003 by Laurence King Publishers in London. Most recently he has written Design and Science: The Life and Work of Will Burtin, published by Lund Humphries in 2007.

At RIT he has developed a unique scholarly resource, the Graphic Design Archive. This project involves preserving and interpreting the original source materials of 27 American Modernist design pioneers such as Lester Beall, Will Burtin, Cipe Pineles, William Golden and Alvin Lustig among others.

He is guest professor at two prominent schools in Germany: Dessau Department of Design, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences in Dessau and at Hochschule für Gestaltung in Schwäbisch Gmünd.