Christopher Bonanos just posted about this, Polaroid Corporation's feeding operation for its white collar employees at 549 Technology Square in Cambridge. I think it opened its doors in 1966. I would come up from Cape Cod to have lunch with Bill Field, Stan Calderwood, and Peter Wensberg, depending upon who was in town and pick up an assignment.
We usually ate at Chez Lucien in Boston (Lucien Vivas had been a cook on the French Line). We kicked around the idea of having a real chef such as Lucien take over the feeding operation but Polaroid bean- counters decided on Servend, a typical purveyor of institutional meals. The design and decor was the responsibility of Art Director Bill Field. He asked me to contribute an owl drawing and I must have, but I also asked my five-year-old daughter, Lily, to draw an owl, too. She did, and I just found this Polaroid grab shot of her. It was faded in the interior shot, below, so I enhanced it in Photoshop and added the blue marker.
Here's Bill on the phone in his office. I took the top photo with Kodacolor, the bottom with Polaroid SX-70 film when it was first introduced in 1972. Note the differences in color.
Bill said he wanted to be a graphic designer when I first met him, and asked if he could work for me in the newly created art department. Bill was a Harvard graduate who majored in anthropology after a hitch in the Army during the Korean War. He was extremely agreeable as well as industrious, and had the intellectual curiosity a designer needs to be successful. When I left to work at my studio on Cape Cod, Bill took over as art director, later design director, and had a fabulous career. I could not have done all that I did without Bill.
Bill also did some package design as well, including The Swinger, Big Shot, and this line of one-piece plastic cameras.
Bill left Polaroid as Design Director to return to his native Santa Fe, New Mexico to start his own shop, William Field Design. He was recently appointed Director of the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Santa Fe’s newest museum, which opened on 21 July 2002, and is the first of its kind to celebrate the rich cultural life of Spanish New Mexico. Click on http://www.spanishcolonial.org.