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I first met Benita Raphan at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where we were both studying graphic design in the precomputer Stone Age. She was an iconoclast even back in the early 1980s—the first person I knew who had her nose pierced. And she had a cool name.

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Raphan was operating on a different plane than the rest of us, and she was the only one to head off to grad school—in London, no less. She worked in Paris for several years after that, while the rest of us rode the subway and lived with our parents or shared small apartments in dangerous locations... (continue reading)

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