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Graphic designer

Norman Wilford Perman, American Graphic designer. Avocations: photography, mountain trekking, travel, music M C. Recipient award Art Dirs. Club, Chicago, 1960, 62, 65, 68, award Art Dirs. Club, New York City, 1961-1982, Gold medal Direct Mail Association, 1961, 64.


Perman, Norman Wilford was born on February 17, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Jacob and Ida (Ladenson) Perman.


Student, Corcoran School Art, Washington, 1946-1947; student, Northwestern University, 1948-1950; Bachelor of Fine Arts, The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, 1951.


Assistant to designer, Everett McNear, Chicago, 1951-1952; independent graphic designer specializing booklets, annual reports, exhibits, packaging and books, Chicago, since 1953. Guest lecturer University of Illinois, Chicago. Curator 75th Anniversary Exhibition Arts Club of Chicago, 1992.

Lecturer in field; juror various national and regional exhibitions.


  • Avocations: photography, mountain trekking, travel, music M C.


  • book

  • Other Work

    • Designer: (records and educational materials) Invitations to Personal Reading, 165 vols., 1965, Sounds I Can Hear, Talkstarters, 1966, Health and Growth, 1970, Mathematics Around Us, 1974, Good for Life Exhibit, 1978, Invitation to Mathematics, 1984, Health for Life, 1986. Editor: Form and Meaning, 1962.

      Exhibitions include Art Institute Chicago, 1954-1962, 68, University Illinois, 1960, 62, 64, University Wisconsin, 1957, American Institute Graphic Arts, 1958, 60-61, 63-64, 66, 68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 79-81, 83, State Department Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, 1964, Art Directors Club, New York City, 1961, 63, 65, 69, Housing and Urban Development Art in Architecture Exhibit, Smithsonian Institution, 1973, 50 Years Graphic Design in Chicago Exhibit, 1977. Represented in numerous design journals, annuals and graphics books.


With United States Navy, 1946-1948. Fellow American Center for Design (board directors, chairman Allerton Park Conference 1962, national president 1965-1966, exhibits 1952-1989, award 1952-1986). Member Association Corporation Art Curators (vice president 1982), American Institute Graphic Arts (award 1960-1985),27 Chicago Designers, The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago (chairman alumni fund), Oriental Institute, Council Foreign Rels., Arts Club of Chicago (board directors).


  • Other Interests

    Photography, mountain trekking, travel, music.


Married Lorraine Shaffer, July 22, 1956. Children: Jonathan Dean, Margot Bess.

Jacob Perman

Ida (Ladenson) Perman

Lorraine Shaffer

Jonathan Dean Perman

Margot Bess Perman