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30 Years of Swiss Typographic Discourse in the Typografische Monatsblätter

30 Years of Swiss Typographic Discourse in the Typografische Monatsblätter

30 Years of Swiss Typographic Discourse in the Typografische Monatsblätter

30 Years of Swiss Typographic Discourse in the Typografische Monatsblätter

Lars Müller Pub­lish­ers is really killing it this year with all these great titles. The just released title 30 Years of Swiss Typo­graphic Dis­course in the Typografis­che Monats­blät­ter explores the influ­en­tial design jour­nal Typografis­che Monats­blät­ter from 1960 – 90. The book includes works from design­ers such as Emil Ruder, Hel­mut Schmid, Wolf­gang Wein­gart, Hans-Rudolf Lutz, Jost Hochuli and many others.

Def­i­nitely a must-have for any design­ers library.

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Neue Grafik/New Graphic Design/Graphisme actuel 1958–1965

Neue Grafik

Neue Grafik

Neue Grafik

To say I’m excited about this would be an under­state­ment. Lars Müller Pub­lish­ers will be releas­ing reprints of all 18 issues of Neue Grafik. For those of you not famil­iar with Neue Grafik, it was an influ­en­tial jour­nal on graphic design pub­lished from 1958 – 1965 by Josef Müller-Brockmann, Richard Paul Lohse, Hans Neuburg and Carlo Vivarelli. It’s essen­tially the bible for the Inter­na­tional Typo­graphic Style. You can still get your hands on orig­i­nal copies, but a sin­gle issue can cost you a few hun­dred dollars.

This reprint col­lec­tion will include com­men­tary and is set to be released in Jan­u­ary 2014. I. Can’t. Wait.

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Wim Crouwel — Het Nederlands Kamerorkest

Wim Crouwel

A poster or cat­a­log cover designed by Wim Crouwel some­time dur­ing the 60s. Perfection.

Via AGI Open London

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Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon

Gerald Cinamon

Ger­ald Cina­mon is an Amer­i­can designer and typog­ra­pher who was the chief designer at Pen­guin and stud­ied under Paul Rand and Armin Hof­mann. He’s also cred­ited with bring­ing the Swiss Style to the UK.

In honor of his work, SEA has pro­duced a book of his work and two screen prints. There will also be an exhi­bi­tion from Sept. 4 — Oct. 6 at the Insti­tute of Con­tem­po­rary Art.

More info on Cina­mon here.

I’ve never seen Cinamon’s work until now, and it’s impressive.

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

Rejane Dal Bello

Rejane dal bello

Really great work by Rejane Dal Bello. I par­tic­u­larly love the posters done for the Ams­ter­dam Sin­foni­etta music ensemble.

Network Osaka - Stanford University Poster

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I’ve been a fan of Net­work Osaka’s work for a while now, and this A1 silk screen poster for Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity floored me when I saw it. I love the choice of col­ors and the over­print look, as well as the use of pho­tog­ra­phy to really bring the entire piece together. This design feels fresh but also seems like it could be a poster right out of the 60s. It must be a beauty in person.

Def­i­nitely check out Net­work Osaka’s full port­fo­lio. A lot of excel­lent design in there.

Pre-Postmodern Swiss Posters Exhibit

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Designer Mor­gan Smail sent me an email about an exhibit called Pre-Postmodern Swiss Posters that was held at San Jose State Uni­ver­sity from Novem­ber 17-December 18, 2009. The posters are from the pri­vate col­lec­tion of designer Aaron Mar­cus and fea­ture some real gems. Mor­gan was kind enough to snap some pho­tos of this won­der­ful exhibit, which I’ve uploaded to my Flickr page.

While doing some research for the exhibit I found this blog post by Aaron Mar­cus that goes into the his­tory of how he assem­bled this won­der­ful poster col­lec­tion. There’s also a PDF of Aaron’s pre­sen­ta­tion at the exhibit opening.

The stu­dents that attend San Jose State are sure for­tu­nate! This was the same school that held the Spiele: Otl Aicher’s Olympic Graphic Design exhibit two years ago.        

Carl B. Graf

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Carl Bern­hard Graf (1926 – 1968) was a Zürich based graphic designer that not many peo­ple know about. But the work that he left behind is just as good as the well-known design­ers of his time.

There isn’t much infor­ma­tion on Graf (hence the ter­ri­ble qual­ity of the photo above) but Jonathan Turner has put together a Flickr set com­prised of his work. You can also see more of Graf’s work in the clas­sic design books “Graphic Design in Swiss Indus­try” and “Pub­lic­ity and Graphic Design in the Chem­i­cal Indus­try”.

If you have any extra cash lay­ing around, you can pick up an orig­i­nal Graf poster for $350.    

Michael Kosmicki

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Michael Kos­micki is a graphic design stu­dent at Cen­tral Saint Mar­tins Col­lege of Art & Design, and his work sim­ply blows me away. I’m amazed at how refined it is, but what I love the most is Michael’s clas­sic sense of style. A lot of his pieces feel like they’re right out of the golden age of Swiss design. Per­fect in every way. If we did any print work here, I’d hire this kid in a second.        

Good Design, Good Business – Geigy Exhibition

Geigy

Hon­estly, I can’t get enough of the awe­some work done by the Swiss chem­i­cal com­pany Geigy. Their in-house design stu­dio was a pio­neer of the Inter­na­tional Typo­graphic Style dur­ing the 1950s and 1960s.

Ear­lier this year the Design Museum Zurich held an exhi­bi­tion that fea­tured much of this amaz­ing work. The exhibit coin­cided with one of my favorite design books of all-time, Cor­po­rate Diver­sity : Swiss Graphic Design by Geigy. If you don’t have this book, you need to get a copy. It’s a must have. There’s a Flickr group with pho­tos of the exhibit, as well as a nice online gallery on the Dwell site. A short film was also made about the exhibit.        

Swiss Graphic Design: Precision and Presence

Swiss Graphic Design ExhibitImage above by Ryan Nel­son.

Man, I wish I lived in Min­neapo­lis right now. The Min­neapo­lis Insti­tute of Arts has an exhibit titled Swiss Graphic Design: Pre­ci­sion and Pres­ence that fea­tures a series of 20 Swiss posters dat­ing from 1950 to 1985. It has been on dis­play since Jan­u­ary and I’m bummed that I’m just hear­ing about it now because it ends this Sun­day! It’s good to see that such a great era in design is still being respected and passed along. We need more exhibits like this. I really have to try to curate one here in NYC.

I apol­o­gize for the bad photo, it’s the best I could find, but I did man­age to find two Flickr sets of the exhibit. One by Joe Kral and the other by Ryan Nel­son. Enjoy.