I personally love the designs that he did for German audio and visual manufacturer Wega, which eventually became part of Sony. The aesthetic has a bit of the Braun/Rams feel to it, but it’s also very unique. More organic and fluid. But you can clearly see that Esslinger and Rams had the same approach to product design during those days.
Seeing wonderful product design like this always makes me wonder why aren’t more designers/companies designing like this. Apple has proven that consumers appreciate beautiful, minimal design, so why do we see so much ugly shit? I don’t understand.
Sean Wolcott of Rationale designed this minimal wall calendar. It comes in two version, Sans and Serif, and the dates are presented in two columns with space for notes.
The spiral bound calendar measures at 11x17”, and is printed on high-quality 100# Cougar cover stock.
You can purchase one here.
After the success of Manuals 1, Unit Editions has just announced Manuals 2, which features graphic standards and corporate identity manuals for IBM, Westinghouse, Canadian Rail, Bell, Knoll, PTT, Montreal Olympics, Dutch Police and more. These manuals were designed by some of the masters: Georges Huel, Paul Rand, Allan Fleming, Total Design, Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Alan Fletcher, Otl Aicher and more.
Manuals 2 will also feature my copy of the graphics manual for the 1976 Montréal Olympics. Pretty excited that a piece of my collection is included.
The book includes essays, interviews and a forward by Lance Wyman, designer of the 1968 Mexico Olympic games.
Hardback with High Gloss Wrap
260 x 310mm
You can pre-order a copy now.
Carl Brett was an Irish graphic designer and teacher who worked in Canada since 1954 and helped pioneer modernism in Canada. He was a founding member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and served as president on two occasions.