Posts Tagged with “design legend”

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.

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.

Max Huber

Max Huber

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

Via Ian Claridge

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

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.

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.

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.

GestalterIn Gallery

Josef Brockmann Opernhaus Zurich

Just when you’ve thought you’ve seen it all, you stum­ble across some­thing like this Swiss site con­tain­ing a MASSIVE amount of work from leg­endary design­ers like Brock­mann, Ruder, Bill, Hof­mann, Stankowski, Rüegg, Lohse, Huber, Tschi­chold and more. This is the moth­er­load folks.

It just goes to show how pro­lific these design­ers were, espe­cially Brock­mann. I thought I’ve seen most of his work, but this site con­tains many designs that I’ve never seen, like the one pic­tured here. It’s like redis­cov­er­ing him all over again. Not sure how he was able to get all the work com­pleted. I can’t imag­ine ever pro­duc­ing this amount of work in my life­time. Amazing.

Giulio Cittato


Giulio Cit­tato (1936 – 1986) was an Ital­ian graphic designer and teacher who worked for Uni­mark Inter­na­tional dur­ing the mid 60s and was also a mem­ber of Alliance Graphique Inter­na­tionale (AGI). Not much of his work is avail­able for view­ing on the web or in books, but the works I’ve seen are truly inspir­ing and unique. AGI and AIGA have small gal­leries of Cittato’s work and there’s this won­der­ful poster design in the book Basic Typography.

There isn’t much info about Cit­tato other than this short bio on the AGI site:

After he grad­u­ated from the Venice Uni­ver­sity in 1963, Cit­tato spent two years work­ing as a designer with La Rinascente in Milan. He moved to the USA in 1965, where he worked for Uni­mark Inter­na­tional, the Cen­ter for Advanced Research in Design and the Con­tainer Cor­po­ra­tion of Amer­ica. In 1971, Cit­tato returned to Italy and from 1971 – 74 he taught visual design at the Corso Supe­ri­ore di Dis­egno Indus­tri­ale and the Inter­na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Art in Venice. He was involved in a wide range of design projects, cor­po­rate pro­grammes and sig­nage, which he taught at the Uni­ver­sity of Urbino from 1978 – 80.

A one-man exhi­bi­tion was held at the Smith­son­ian Insti­tute in 1969. Clear colour­ful com­po­si­tions were typ­i­cal of his work. More exhi­bi­tions were held in Milan, Mon­treal and Venice. Sam­ples of his work can be found in the NY MoMA, as well as in muse­ums in Italy and other countries.

Emil Ruder Posters


Time and time again, Emil Ruder’s work sim­ply amaz­ing me. I find myself always going back to it for inspi­ra­tion for my own designs. What’s truly inspir­ing about his work is that the designs are so sim­ple in terms of aes­thetic, but also com­plex and refined. A novice designer, or even a non-creative per­son, would look at his work and think that it’s easy to dupli­cate. Oh how wrong they would be.

Here are some of his excel­lent poster designs for you to lust after.

Rudolph de Harak


Rudolph de Harak (1924 – 2002) was a leg­endary Amer­i­can graphic designer who is well-known for his book cover designs for McGraw-Hill dur­ing the 50s and 60s. A mod­ernist at heart, de Harak also designed record cov­ers for Colum­bia and West­min­ster, as well as these lovely clocks.

After some quick search­ing, I found this Flickr group ded­i­cated to him.

Fritz Gottschalk

fritz-gottschalk-stamps.jpgIn 1973, Fritz Gottschalk designed these postage stamps for the Canada Post to cel­e­brated the meet­ing of the main orga­ni­za­tions involved in earth explo­ration. Beautiful.

Gottschalk is a renowned Swiss designer that founded the agency, Gottschalk+Ash Inter­na­tional, and is widely known for design­ing the Swiss pass­port. I can’t seem to find an image online of his pass­port design, if any­one has one I’d love to see it. Gottschalk+Ash Inter­na­tional is also respon­si­ble for two of lovely the­ater posters: one and two.