Munich ’72 – Design Legacy

Munich '72 - Design Legacy

40 years ago, Otl Aicher and his team designed the revolutionary identity system for the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. UCA Canterbury in the UK is celebrating this iconic work with an exhibition featuring posters, pictograms, information design, and range of print and promotion materials from the games. The exhibit will be held from June 29th – July 31st at the Herbert Read Gallery.

Eye Magazine also has a nice write-up of the exhibit, along with some photos.

Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey – Catalogue

Wim crouwel graphic odyssey catalogue

To coincide with the upcoming Wim Crouwel exhibit at the Design Museum, Unit Editions has published this excellent catalogue that celebrates the work on this design legend.

The catalogue includes Crouwel’s posters, catalogues, documents, manuals, stamps and personal photographs, as well as an interview with him conducted by Tony Brook of Spin.

It’s available now at Unit Editions.

Kieler Woche


Kieler Woche (Kiel Week) is an annual sailing and cultural event in Kiel, Germany that started in 1948. To promote the event, the organizers hold a competition to design the official poster. Starting in 1959, only five designers are invited each year to submit a design. Past winners and contributors include Wim Crouwel, Josef Müller-Brockmann, Ben Bos, Celestino Piatti and Anton Stankowski. The poster pictured here was designed by the great Swiss designer, Jean Widmer. I personally can’t find Brockmann’s design, so if anyone has any info, please contact me.

The official site for the event has an archive of all of the winning designs dating back to 1948. There’s also some more info on the event in the AIGA Archives, as well as a book on the subject published by Lars Müller Publishers.

Arthur Erickson & Japan Poster


Love this poster for an event called Arthur Erickson & Japan that focuses on modernist architect Arthur Erickson’s journey to Japan in 1961. Not sure who designed it but the big bold type, white text on black, two-column grid and the uneven horizontal strips of color make for a beautiful design.        

Lubalin Now

Lubalin Now will be a new exhibit in the re-located Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography. I’m looking forward to this!

Herb Lubalin (1918–1981) is best known for his wildly illustrative typography and his groundbreaking work for the magazines Avant Garde, Eros, and Fact. On view will be recent posters, publications and motion graphics by internationally recognized graphic designers that spotlight an emerging trend toward expressive lettering and typography. Original sketches, magazines, logotypes, and posters selected from the Lubalin Center Archive will illuminate Herb Lubalin’s influence on contemporary graphic design. Featured artists include Herb Lubalin, Justin Thomas Kay, Non-Format, Matt Owens, Alex Trochut, Post Typography and many more.

Mike Essl
Alexander Tochilovsky

Thursday, November 5, 2009, 6 – 8pm
41 Cooper Square Gallery

November 5, 2009 – December 8, 2009