Herb Lubalin

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Most people recognize the name Herb Lubalin in association with the typeface Avant Garde. And he was the typographer and designer behind its creation, after the success of Avant Garde Magazine and its typographic logo. But, his career spanned a much wider scope than that. One of the people behind the culture-shocking magazines Avant-Garde, Eros ...

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Alan Kitching

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A walking and talking legend of traditional typography and printmaking, Alan Kitching is a British artist who in his time experimented with letters, graphic design, animation and software development over the course of his multi-decade long career. He is one of the world’s leading practitioners of letterpress typographic design and that aspect of his work ...

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Nicholas Misani

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New-York-based, Nicholas Misani is a freelance designer and letterer with a passion for ornament and bespoke typography. Born in Milan into a family of jewelry designers, Nicholas started his formal training by studying architecture and industrial design at the Liceo Artistico Bruno Munari in Crema, Italy. After a brief period living in Japan, he relocated ...

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Christopher Wool

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Christopher Wool was born in Chicago in 1955. He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Wool’s works span several mediums such as paper, photography and painting. He began developing his style during the mid 1970s, when he started creating allover abstract paintings that included multiple mark makings. His artistic influences are very diverse, ...

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Zuzana Licko

Sunday, October 8, 2017

European born but based in California, Zuzana Licko and Rudy VanderLans co-founded Emigre in 1984 - the earliest small type foundry to accommodate pioneering typefaces by a broad group of designers and artists. Zuzana was one of the very first graphic designers who became interested in digital type design, and was one of the first type ...

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Francis Picabia

Monday, September 25, 2017

Once known as "Papa Dada," Francis Picabia was one of the principle figures of the Dada movement both in Paris and New York. A friend and associate of Marcel Duchamp, he became known for a rich variety of work ranging from strange, comic-erotic images of machine parts to text-based paintings that foreshadow aspects of Conceptual ...

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Helmut Schmid

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Born in Austria as a German citizen, he was apprenticed as a typesetter. During the 1960s, he attended AGS Basel—Allgemeine Gewerbeschule (School of Design) studying under Emil Ruder, Kurt Hauert, and Robert Büchler. Once completed his studies, he worked in West Berlin and Stockholm, then moved to Montreal to work at Ernst Roch Design, then Vancouver, ...

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Neville Brody

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Neville Brody is a London born designer who studied design in Britian during the 1970s. He spent three years studying at the London College of Printing where his work, which was quite experimental in nature, was met with quite unfavorable criticism because the school generally taught traditional printing methods. He gained a fair amount of attention ...

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Erik Spiekermann

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Erik Spiekermann is art historian, information architect, type designer and author. Two of his typefaces, FF Meta and ITC Officina, are considered to be modern classics. He founded MetaDesign (1979) and FontShop (1988). He is behind the design of well-know brands such as Audi, Bosch, VW, German Railways and Heidelberg Printing, among others; information systems ...

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Emil Ruder

Friday, July 28, 2017

  Emil Ruder was a prominent twentieth century Swiss graphic designer and typographer. He was also associated with another eminent designer Armin Hofmann with whom he joined the faculty of Basel School of Design. His artwork is distinguished from others on the basis of his holistic approach to designing and teaching. He employed a systematic practical ...

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Wolfgang Weingart

Thursday, July 13, 2017

For over four decade Weingart has extensively taught and delivered lectures across Europe, Asia, New Zealand, North and South America, and Australia. According to him, he never influenced his students to adopt a certain type of style, especially his own. However, his students misunderstood his teaching as his own style and spread it around as ...

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Joseph Müller-Brockmann

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

As with most graphic designers that can be classified as part of the Swiss International Style, Joseph Müller-Brockmann was influenced by the ideas of several different design and art movements including Constructivism, De Stijl, Suprematism and the Bauhaus. He is perhaps the most well-known Swiss designer and his name is probably the most easily recognized ...

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Matt Stevens

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Matt Stevens is a Designer and Illustrator that loves them both, and especially when he gets to mix the two for powerful results. He spends his days doing work for people that are passionate about their product or brand whether they are a large world-renowned company or a local hot dog joint. The Rookie Handbook ...

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Paul Rand

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Best known for his corporate logo designs, Rand was educated at the Pratt Institute (1929-1932), the Parsons School of Design (1932-1933), and the Art Students League (1933-1934). He was one of the originators of the Swiss Style of graphic design. From 1956 to 1969, and beginning again in 1974, Rand taught design at Yale University ...

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Jan Tschichold

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The son of a sign painter, Tschichold trained as a calligrapher and designer at the Leipzig Academy of Graphic Arts and Book Production (1919–21) and then freelanced as a lettering artist and designer. The 1923 exhibition of the Bauhaus at Weimar introduced him to Modernist design, and he quickly joined the movement, rejecting traditional fonts ...

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Paul Renner

Friday, May 5, 2017

Even before 1932, Renner made his opposition to the Nazis very clear, notably in his book “Kulturbolschewismus?” (Cultural Bolshevism). He was unable to find a German publisher, so it was published by his Swiss friend Eugen Rentsch. After the Nazis seized power in March 1933, Paul was arrested and dismissed from his post in Munich in ...

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Adrian Frutiger

Friday, April 21, 2017

Adrian Frutiger is a renowned twentieth century Swiss graphic designer. His forte was typeface designing and he is considered responsible for the advancement of typography into digital typography. His valued contribution to typography includes the typefaces; Univers and Frutiger.   Adrian Frutiger was born on May 24, 1928, in Unterseen, Canton of Bern to weaver parents. At the ...

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John Giorno

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Born in 1936 in New York City, Giorno attended Columbia University and worked as a stockbroker for a short time before meeting Andy Warhol in 1962. A romantic relationship ensued, and Giorno was featured in Warhol’s first film, Sleep (1963). The influence of pop art and Warhol’s Factory are evident in Giorno’s work, which developed ...

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Hermann Zapf

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Zapf was born in Nuremberg during turbulent times marked by the German Revolution of 1918–1919 in Munich and Berlin, the end of World War I, the exile of Kaiser Wilhelm, and the establishment of Bavaria as a free state by Kurt Eisner. In addition, the Spanish flu pandemic took hold in Europe in 1918 and ...

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Eric Gill

Monday, March 13, 2017

Gill was born in 1882 in Brighton, Sussex (now East Sussex) and in 1897 the family moved to Chichester. Eric studied at Chichester Technical and Art School, and in 1900 moved to London to train as an architect with the practice of W.D. Caroe, specialists in ecclesiastical architecture. Frustrated with his training, he took evening ...

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Max Miedinger

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

At the age of sixteen Max became an apprentice typesetter at a book printing office for Jacques Bollmann (in Zürich). After four years as an apprentice, Miedinger enrolled in the School of Arts and Crafts. When he was 26 years old, he went to work for an advertising studio called Globe. Here he worked as ...

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Goudy & Syracuse

Monday, February 6, 2017

The tale of rediscovering Sherman, a typeface designed by Frederic Goudy in 1910 and revived by Chester Jenkins in 2016 for Syracuse University. Goudy taught himself printing and typography while working as a bookkeeper. In 1895, in partnership with a teacher of English, C. Lauren Hooper, he set up the Camelot Press in Chicago, which ...

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Lawrence Weiner

Friday, January 27, 2017

Lawrence Weiner’s texts have appeared in all sorts of places over the last five decades and although he sees himself as a sculptor rather than a conceptualist, he is among the trailblazers of the 1960s to present art as language. He defines his sculptural medium simply as ‘language + the material referred to’, in the ...

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Alex Trochut

Friday, January 6, 2017

Alex Trochut was born in 1981 in Barcelona, Spain. After completing his studies at Elisava Escola Superior de Disseny, Alex established his own design studio in Barcelona before relocating to New York City. Through his design, illustration and typographic practice he has developed an intuitive way of working that has resulted in his expressive visual ...

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Dada Was There

Saturday, December 24, 2016

In the middle of the First World War, the magical word “Dada” was created in Zurich, from where the spirit of Dada spread like wildfire around the globe. A group of emigrant artists including Hugo Ball, Emmy Hennings, Hans Arp and Tristan Tzara, opened an “artists’ cabaret” at Spiegelgasse 1 in Zurich's old town, from where ...

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François Cheng

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

In that light revealing his painting, accumulation of physical and mental energy, it becomes research and conquest of primordial images that stand out for their own autonomy ideational; It constitutes a new vision, of flesh and blood, instead of being only a simulacrum, indirect allusion to reality. The introspective process does not result solely the ...

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Arthur Aeschbacher

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Aeschbacher is considered a representative of the Nouveau Réaliste group active in Paris during the 1950-1960s. The Nouveaux Réalistes tended to see the world as an image from which they could take parts and incorporate them into their works. Inventors of the so-called décollage technique, the opposite of collage, the Nouveau Réalistes wanted to avoid ...

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Kevin Cantrell

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Head of his eponymous studio, Kevin functions as the creative director and design lead for all KCD client projects. Kevin has a deep understanding and love of lettering and typographical aesthetics. Earning a BFA in Graphic Design from Brigham Young University, 2008, he established his signature typographical aesthetics applying them to clients such as: Nike, ...

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Be-poles Studio

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Be-poles was launched in the year 2000 in Paris, with a sole objective: to build strong, lasting brand identities. Ever since then, they have remained focused on that same mission, and kept the same careful eye. They have never changed their guiding principles, they know the extent to which a brand’s identity is precious and ...

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Robert Montgomery

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Robert Montgomery follows a tradition of conceptual art and stands out by bringing a poetic voice to the discourse of text art. Montgomery creates billboard poems, light pieces, fire poems, woodcuts and watercolors. He was the British artist selected for Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2012, the first biennale in India. Montgomery has had solo exhibitions at venues in ...

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