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Rolf Müller

Rolf Muller

Rolf Müller is a Ger­man designer who stud­ied with Josef Müller-Brockmann, and from 1967 – 72 he worked with Otl Aicher on the cor­po­rate design of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Stel­lar work. Def­i­nitely one of the greats.

Burton Kramer Film

A clip from an upcom­ing short film about Bur­ton Kramer by Greg Dur­rell. Kramer is know for design­ing the Cana­dian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion iden­tity sys­tem in 1974.

1976 Montréal Olympics Test Event Posters

Montréal Olympics Test Event Posters

Montréal Olympics Test Event Posters

Montreal Olympics Test Event Posters

Before the Olympics Games begin, the orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee has test events to pre­pare and rehearse things like trans­porta­tion, guest ser­vices, results/scoring, etc. The design teams also test things like print­ing and instal­la­tions, so they cre­ate an iden­tity dif­fer­ent from what they cre­ated for the real games. These are some of the posters cre­ated for these “test event” for the 1976 Mon­tréal games. I’ve never seen these before. What a gem.

ViaThe Cana­dian Design Resource

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Whitney Museum Graphic Identity

Whitney Identity

Whitney Identity

Whitney Identity

Whitney Identity

Whitney Identity

Whitney Identity

Exper­i­men­tal Jet­set recently launched a new web­site with a ton of amaz­ing new work. One of the projects that stands out for me is the iden­tity work they did for the Whit­ney Museum of Amer­i­can Art in NYC. EJ devel­oped the graphic iden­tity, and Whitney’s in-house design team used the sys­tem to design all the pieces.

I’m going to have to visit the museum and grab as much printed stuff as I can. Looks stunning.

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chicago convention capital

chicago has a great lake

chicago the town that van der rohe built

Flatmade’s story begins with a poster was cre­ated by John Massey for Con­tainer Cor­po­ra­tion of Amer­ica titled “chicago has a great lake”. They fell in love with the poster, and con­tacted Mr. Massey to print a new edi­tion of it, and he agreed. They now are pro­duc­ing other clas­sic mas­ter­pieces, which you can pur­chase directly from them. I’ll take one of each, please.

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Olivetti Poster

Olivetti Poster

Beau­ti­fully per­fect poster designed by Ernst Hie­s­tand 1961.

Via Iain Claridge

Massimo Vignelli Makes Books

In this video cre­ated by Pentagram’s Michael Bierut and Aron Fay for Mohawk, Mas­simo Vignelli dis­cusses his process of design­ing a book using a grid sys­tem. He draws out each page on paper, includ­ing the pho­tos. To me this seems so inef­fi­cient, but it works for him. It’s so fas­ci­nat­ing to get a glimps into his design process.

Along with the video a small lim­ited edi­tion jour­nal with Vignelli’s grid from the film is printed on 100 inte­rior pages made of Mohawk Superfine. You can get a copy of the jour­nal from Mohawk. Got me one!

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The grid is an inte­gral part of book design. It’s not some­thing that you see. It’s just like under­wear: you wear it, but it’s not to be exposed. The grid is the under­wear of the book.

– Massimo Vignelli

Mirsad Ademaj



Some tight work by Mir­sad Ade­maj.

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AGI Open London


AGI Open is a design and edu­ca­tion con­fer­ence fea­tur­ing over 30 of the world’s lead­ing graphic design­ers – all mem­bers of the Alliance Graphique Inter­na­tionale (AGI). This year the event is in Lon­don, so if you’re in the area, def­i­nitely check it out.

But what I want to men­tion here is their awe­some Tum­blr, which fea­tures some great work from leg­ends like Müller-Brockmann, Crouwel, Hof­mann, Harder, Kramer, and a ton more. I can stare at this site all day long.

Via Blair Thomson

Shin Dokho



Excel­lent work from Korean designer, Shin Dokho.

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Richard Meier x Massimo Vignelli

John­nie Shand Kydd directed this beau­ti­ful short film of design leg­ends Richard Meier and Mas­simo Vignelli. They dis­cuss grids, Meier’s new office space, and their long friend­ship. Would have loved for this to have been much longer, and to get into more of a design dis­cus­sion, but this will do. More here.