Picture 30Will Powers, the widely respected designer, printer, and book maker who lead the design and production department at the Minnesota Historical Society died unexpectedly while vacationing in Canada last week. I met Will in the mid-nineties when we were both teaching typography at the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota. Will had a passion for typography and fine printing, and he helped develop the typography curriculum at CVA along with Visual Communications department director John DuFresne, who shared these words about Will:

“Will contributed greatly to the development of a curriculum that featured his love of fine printing and book design. He often taught the second of a unique three course sequence on typography and helped establish the high level of expectation that has led to CVA graphic design students being universally recognized for their advanced skill in the art and craft of using type. Will influenced many lives and will be sorely missed. Yet his legacy will live on in the spirit of the enthusiasm he shared and in the students and associates he touched.”

Reporter Mary Ann Grossman of the St. Paul Pioneer Press contributed this obituary.