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Deborah Sussman
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The staff, the Board of Directors and the Advisory Council of the Museum of California Design are deeply saddened by the passing of the vibrant graphic designer Deborah Sussman.

Deborah's work was featured in our exhibition California's Designing Women 1896-1986 and our book of the same name and we are proud to have honored her with our 2012 Henry Award for Outstanding Contributions to American Design.

Although she wasn't a big person in stature, like her signature supergraphics Deborah made big contributions to our urban landscape and inspired big smiles wherever she appeared in her raucous clothing and over-sized eyeglasses. We will miss her.

                                -- Bill Stern, executive director
Deborah Sussman
Deborah Sussman with her Henry Award, 2012
Photo by Larry Underhill