We drove across Lake Pontchartrain to Covington in the north of New Orleans to meet with Nancy Sharon Collins. Nancy is Director of Special Projects at AIGA New Orleans and is currently working on The History of Graphic Design of Southern Louisiana, a digital and physical repository of engravings and other printed graphic works from the region.
Nancy showed us some of the early pieces from her growing archive. She is working to raise awareness on the importance of graphic design’s heritage in Louisiana and hopes to share her valuable findings and research in the future through exhibitions and a feature film in partnership with LSU’s Center for Oral History
Nancy’s studio archiving space.
Engraved ‘calling cards’ are a disappearing tradition but can still be ordered in a few places close to New Orleans.