Good Design, Good Business – Geigy Exhibition


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.        

Limited Edition Helvetica Moleskine


Folks, it doesn’t get any better than this. When I first saw this limited edition Helvetica Moleskine, I almost fell off my chair. Helvetica+Moleskine+Red+White+Cross=Perfection.

This notebook has instantly become my holy grail. I must have one and apparently there is also a black version. If anyone knows where I can get one please let me know! Thanks.

You can check out more photos here.        

National Theatre Posters


The National Theatre has an excellent site dedicated to the posters created for the theatre dating back to the 1960’s. You can browse via genre or decade and the posters are available at multiple sizes for purchase. I recommend checking out the 60’s and 70’s first.        

Alte Haas Grotesk


I found this excellent font last night while surfing for old Swiss design books. Alte Haas Grotesk by Yann Le Coroller, is a free Grotesk/Helvetica look-a-like with a soft feel to the edges. The author describes it as a typeface that looks like it were printed in an old Brockmann book. It definitely has that feel to it. I’m looking forward to using this in a design.        

The History of Visual Communication


Here’s an excellent site that walks you through the history of visual communication, giving you a glimpse of the different styles through-out history. My favorite section, obviously, is the Modernism section which covers the Swiss Style and includes some nice galleries of work by Max Bill, Armin Hofmann, Fridolin Mueller and Josef Müller-Brockmann.

Via The Serif