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2018 SEGD Fellow
Jane Davis Doggett is one of the pioneering women artists to have trained at the Yale School of Art and Architecture during its modernist heyday. As an early student of Josef Albers, she took his famed Interaction of Color course and absorbed Albers’ inspired principles of color perception while establishing her own strong artistic identity. Jane also studied with Louis Kahn and Alvin Eisenman, whose brilliant teachings in the fields of architecture and graphic design further led her on from Yale to become one of America’s leading graphic designers. Her colorful and comprehensive thematic graphic identity and wayfi nding systems now enliven many public complexes, including 40 international airport projects —more than any other designer in the world.
Jane Davis Doggett initiated the use of color-coding and letters — A, B, C, etc. — to identify and index airport terminals which she rendered in large iconic graphics in approach roadway signage and extended throughout the terminals interior graphics. She also initiated the concept of thematic graphics to project the airport as a gateway, symbolizing unique geographic and cultural aspects of the area that each airport serves. Examples include: Tampa, Baltimore-Washington, Miami, Newark, Cleveland-Hopkins, Boston-Logan, and George Bush-Houston. 20 million airport passengers a year are guided by her wayfi nding signage and graphics. Her designs have earned distinguished honors: American Institute of Architects’ National Award of Merit, Progressive Architecture Design Award, American Iron and Steel Institute’s Design in Steel Citation, and two Design Awards co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
In 2007, Jane Davis Doggett received the Outstanding Alumna Award from Newcomb College. In 2008, she was elected a Sterling Fellow of Yale. In 2014, she received the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award by the Arts Council of Martin County, Florida. In 2015, she was honored with the Arts Recognition Award by the Arts Council of the Town of Jupiter Island, Florida of which she is a resident. In 2016, she was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
Yale acquired in their permanent art collection her 23rd Psalm sculpture — 12 boxes wrapped in her color geometric images expressing the passages of the Psalm. In 2012, the sculpture was installed in the Saint Thomas More Center at Yale, an impressive modern building by Architect César Pelli. In 2014, the Elliott Museum acquired in their permanent collection her Homage to Galileo sculpture. Beginning with Talking Graphics, her first published book, in 2007, she created IconoChrome™ images: geometric designs in colors expressing philosophically profound messages — proverbs, quotations and sayings from various cultures. It is a book for lovers of both art and literature.
In an innovative design approach, Doggett’s original hand drawings are scanned in segments into Adobe Vector templates on an Apple computer, a design process she has termed electronic silk screening. Because the
software is vector — as apposed to pixel — images can be enlarged into prints at virtually any size and still remain in “focus.”Produced by the same computer process are landscape renderings that express natural environments in her experiences living by the water — which she calls Waterscapes©.
View more of Jane Davis Doggett's work on her website. View the video Jane Davis Doggett: Graphic Artist, WAYFINDING IN THE JET AGE, produced by Pat Williams Productions as a Legacy Film.