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Category “Design Legends”

Buon Compleanno Massimo

Massimo vignelli

Mas­simo Vignelli turned 81 years old today. His work and ideas on design have had a huge influ­ence on me. I thank him so much for that. Thank you, Massimo.

Pierre Mendell

Pierre mendell

Pierre Mendell (1929 — 2008) was a graphic designer that stud­ied design under Armin Hof­mann at the Schule für Gestal­tung in Basel and later went on to form the Mendell & Oberer stu­dioin 1961 in Munich. Mendell is best known for his work iden­tity work Vitra and Siemens.

The MoMA has a small, but great, gallery of some of his work.

Paul Ibou

Paul Ibou

Paul Ibou is a Bel­gian graphic designer whose work includes 350 logos and sym­bols for cor­po­ra­tions and pub­lic insti­tu­tions, and in 1980 he started the pub­li­ca­tion Vorm in Vlaan­deren. He has a great col­lec­tion of work. My per­sonal favorite is this cal­en­dar. I’m sucker for a tightly kerned sans-serif.

You can see more of his work on Iconof​graph​ics​.com.

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Ben Bos

Ben bos

Incred­i­ble work by leg­endary Dutch designer, Ben Bos. He stud­ied with Wim Crouwel at the Ams­ter­dam Graphic Col­lege, and later went on to work with him at Total Design. He’s com­piled an extra­or­di­nary body of work.

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Jakob Jensen

Jakob jensen

I can’t believe I’ve never known of Jakob Jensen or his work before read­ing about him on ISO50. Part of me feels out of it, but I also love moments of dis­cov­ery like this. See­ing and falling in love with design that feels so new and fresh, but that’s been around long before I was born. There’s some­thing com­fort­ing about that.

Any­way, Dan­ish born Jakob Jensen is an indus­trial designer who worked for Bang & Olufsen, where he was a designer from 1965 – 1991. His min­i­mal approach was clearly con­sis­tent with Dieter Rams. That micro­phone is pure perfection.

MoMA has a nice gallery of some of his work.

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Yves Zimmermann

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I love these cov­ers designed in 1959 by Yves Zim­mer­mann for Typografis­che Monats­blät­ter. Set in Akzi­denz Grotesk, these cov­ers remind me of another TM cover designed by Robert Büch­ler. A poster was also printed of these won­der­ful design.

Def­i­nitely check out the full arti­cle on Dis­play for more details on these beauties.

Tom Carnase

Tom Carnase

Tom Car­nase has cre­ated some of the most iconic logo­types for Brooks Broth­ers, Saks Fifth Avenue and Calvin Klein, just to name a few. He also worked along side Herb Lubalin and helped him cre­ate the pop­u­lar Avant Garde type­face. Some of his let­ter­ing work is dis­played here, but I rec­om­mend that you do a Google search to see all of his great pieces.

Via The New Graphic

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Max Huber

Max Huber

Lovely set on Flickr of some of Max Huber’s work.

Via Ian Claridge

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Burton Kramer Identities: A Career Retrospective Book

Burton kramer identities

I’ve writ­ten about Bur­ton Kramer’s excel­lent work before, and I’m excited as hell to see that there’s finally a book avail­able that cov­ers his career.

The book is titled Bur­ton Kramer Iden­ti­ties and fea­tures 50 years worth of work, includ­ing the excel­lent iden­tity for the Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion and Geigy.

The book is printed on-demand via Lulu and a copy can be ordered from them.

186 Pages / 8.5 x 8.5″
Paper­back, CMYK Print
250+ Images / 9 Articles

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Rolf Harder

Rolf Harder

Some­times I won­der why cer­tain design­ers are lost to his­tory. Maybe they didn’t hang out with the right peo­ple, who knows. Good thing we have sites like the MoMA Col­lec­tion. If not, we’d prob­a­bly never get see the great work done by Cana­dian designer Rolf Harder. He was born in Ham­burg, Ger­many in 1929 and stud­ied at the Ham­burg Acad­emy of Fine Arts. In 1959 he moved to Mon­treal and opened his own firm, Rolf Harder Design. You can read his full bio here.

His work is mas­ter­ful. A prime exam­ple of the Inter­na­tional Typo­graphic Style. Harder’s work also high­lights his superb under­stand­ing of color. I’m a big fan, espe­cially of this piece he did in 1968.

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Limited Edition Posters Inspired by Wim Crouwel


It’s seems like it’s Wim Crouwel month, and deservedly so.

Unit Edi­tions and the Design Museum have asked a group of highly regarded graphic design­ers to design a poster for the “Wim Crouwel, A Graphic Odyssey” exhibit at the Design Museum. The design­ers were to cre­ate a design based on the dimen­sions and grid of the Stedelijk Museum posters cre­ated by Crouwel. My per­sonal favorite is the one designed Exper­i­men­tal Jet­set that is pic­tured here.

The design­ers:

Michael C Place/Build
Exper­i­men­tal Jet­set
Philippe Apeloig
David Pid­geon
Cartlidge Lev­ene
Tony Brook/Spin

Each poster is 635 x 950mm and screen-printed on Pris­tine white Col­or­plan. You can grab a copy at the Design Museum and Unit Edi­tions.