Joe Molloy—a gifted graphic designer who for many years worked on the GCI Newsletter, as well as on numerous other GCI and Getty materials as the head of his own studio, Mondo Typo—passed away in April 2012 after a long battle with leukemia.
Joe's association with the newsletter dated to 1986, when the earliest iteration of the publication appeared with Joe as the designer, a position he held until 1990. He returned as the newsletter's designer in 1993 and served in that capacity until 2009. During those years, Joe brought to his work unfailing integrity, creativity, and thoughtfulness. His quiet and gentle manner, laced with humor and insight, and his collaborative spirit made working with him both a professional and a personal pleasure.
Joe's work with the GCI was by no means restricted to the newsletter. Over the years, he undertook many assignments from GCI staff, designing a variety of materials related to GCI projects, conferences, and other events, displaying the same calm and careful eye he brought to his work on the newsletter. He also carried out design assignments for the Getty Research Institute and the Getty Trust, including designing several Getty Provenance Indexes, the J. Paul Getty Trust Bulletin during the late 1980s and early 1990s, and some early Getty Trust annual reports.
Joe—whose work beyond the Getty was wide ranging, including teaching at a number of Southern California institutions—took a creative approach to the look of words on a page. His respect for words informed his sense of design, and he prided himself on looking for ways to make content, through design, more accessible. He certainly achieved this objective repeatedly during his many years of skillful work on this publication.
He will be missed by his family, his friends, his students, and those of us at the Getty and elsewhere who had the privilege of working with him.
Barbara Ferriani is a conservator and teaches conservation of contemporary art at the University of Ca' Foscari in Venice and at the Universite Statale in Milan. Marina Pugliese is an art historian specializing in contemporary art techniques and conservation and the director of the Museo del Novecento (Museum of Twentieth-Century Art) in Milan.
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