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Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences

Edwin GoldFaculty

professor emeritus
Klein Family School of Communications Design

Professor Edwin Gold retired at the end of the 2014-15 academic year after twenty-five years of service to the University of Baltimore. Professor Gold was recruited to join the UB faculty in 1989 after retiring from his role as executive vice president and creative director for the design firm, Barton-Gillet, where he had worked for 35 years. Gold, a recognized leader in the field of design, has authored three well-regarded books on design including The New Business of Graphic Design (currently going into new edition), which was named by Critique magazine as one of the 82 greatest books on design. In 2008, the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) honored Professor Gold with the first AIGA fellowship award for his contributions to the design profession.

Professor Gold was invaluable in the development of UB’s graduate programs in design. In 2003, he was appointed director of the newly formed M.F.A. program in Integrated Design and led the program for ten years. His extensive connections in the Baltimore design community enabled him to provide internship opportunities for graduate students in both the M.A. in Publications Design and M.F.A. in Integrated Design programs, and he coordinated multiple internships every semester. He also directed numerous graduate thesis committees and independent studies. 

In 2001, Professor Gold was appointed director of UB’s Ampersand Institute for Words & Images. In that capacity, Professor Gold brought numerous renowned designers and writers to campus, producing events that embodied the spirit of the Institute—creating links between the study and practice of graphic design and writing. He also single-handedly curated the UB Gallery since 2005, which involved selecting art, working with artists, curating and hanging the show, and producing promotional materials. A free and open space in the Student Center, the UB Gallery serves the valuable purpose of bringing art to the community.

Through the UB Foundation, Professor Gold established the Bobbye Gold Memorial Fund. This fund supports several awards, including the Ampersand Award, which honors an M.A. in Publications Design student whose work exemplifies excellence in both design and writing. In 2015, he established a new award to support the research and creative work of students in the M.F.A. in Integrated Design program, and after much cajoling by his colleagues, the ever-humble professor agreed to name this the Gold Award in recognition of his contributions to the program.

“Ed first retired at the end of a distinguished career as an internationally known graphic designer and art director,” said associate professor and fellow Klein Family School of Communications Design faculty member, Jonathan Shorr. “Now, 25 years later, he is retiring again, this time after a distinguished career as a design teacher and mentor to hundreds of UB graduate students.”

Professor Gold’s professional expertise, teaching and contributions will not only have a lasting effect on the UB community, but on the design community as well. From Cram Quarterly, the newsletter of prominent design firm Greatest Creative Factor: “If you want to trace the origins of educational marketing in America, your journey might lead you to one man in Baltimore: Ed Gold.”