Latest from the Print & Typography Design category

American Airlines to New York by E. McKnight Kauffer

“American Airline to New York” by Edward McKnight Kauffer is lithograph poster done on white woven paper, as suggested in the name the piece was commissioned by the American Airlines company and was completed in 1948. After being unable to enlist in WWII alongside England as an American citizen, Kauffer saw no choice but to…

Kimoto Junmai Sake Packaging Design

To me, the design of this bottle is both pleasing and a bit odd. Let’s begin with the bad, I find the contrast between a matte, black bottle with pastel green to be a bit disconcerting, the matte black bottle feels like it should be paired with a more simplistic, minimalist design that uses less…

Phil Baines Penguin by Design

This project is one of Phil Baines most recognized works, Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005. In it, Baines looks back over the history of the Penguin publishing company’s book design as it changed from the very first cover to the most recent one. Anyone would recognize the classic orange penguin on various renown literature that would be found…

Phil Baines YAK poster

  The second project that I will be covering is Phil Baines’ 1994 ‘Yak’ 2 poster. This poster was published as a part of Why Not Associates, a graphic design company that Baines’ has done freelance work for frequently. The poster was released along with a few other posters through Why Not Associates. In an interview on…

Hyper! HARUMI GALS!!

Harumi Gals is an ongoing project by Harumi Yamaguchi that began in the 1970s. The difference between HARUMI GALS and Harumi Gals is that the all-caps version of the title refers to the exhibitions and the italicized version refers to the series that has been going on since the 1970s. The Harumi Gals exhibition I…

HARUMI’S SUMMER

HARUMI’S SUMMER was an exhibition project that was a collaboration between Harumi Yamaguchi and YOSHIROTTEN, a Japanese graphic artist and art director. It was presented in the summer of 2018 at the Ginza Graphic Gallery in Tokyo, Japan. It has been described as an artistic “jam session”, combining the creative abilities of two Japanese artists.…

The Nose Number 20

This illustration was created for The Nose, a publication by Chwast dedicated to relevant (sometimes trivial) social issues. In Number 20, published in 2009, Chwast titles the issue “Crime Today.” The image features a gun loaded with colorful bullets, with each bullet labeled and intended for a specific target. The contrast between the comical coloring…

Protest Against the Rising Tide

Created in 1964, Protest Against The Rising Tide is a poster done by Seymour Chwast, for Booth’s Gin company, promoting the sale of Booth’s alcohol. The poster features the words “Protest Against the Rising Tide of Conformity,” with a small line of font at the bottom stating “Serve Booth’s House of Lords, the non-conformist gin…

Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge

This piece is called Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge which was made in 1919. This is one of Lissitzky’s more famous pieces and is one of the ones he is most known for. This is a prime example of Lissitzky’s main tools which are primary colors, black and white and geometric shapes. This…

Had Gadya

Had Gadya was created in 1919, which was earlier on Lissitzky’s career. Had Gadya is a famous piece by Lissitzky that focuses on the Jewish culture and traditions they had. This is an important piece in his work because this demonstrates his fondness of Jewish culture that is seen throughout the beginning of his work…

Jonathan Barnbrook: “Heathen” with David Bowie

It is difficult to talk about Jonathan Barnbrook without discussing his involvement with the 2002 album cover Heathen with late artist David Bowie. This is arguably one of Barnbrook’s most famous contributions to the music industry. Bowie and Barnbrook worked together for 15 years on 5 different album covers. For Barnbrook, this was the introduction…

Piet Zwart – advertising for NKF

Piet Zwart started to work for NKF (Dutch Cable Manufacturers) in 1923, and the works of graphic design he created there are his best-known designs. This catalog Zwarts designed for NKF was printed in full color and was 80 pages long. In this work, we can notice Zwart’s use of primary colors, clean sans-serif typography,…

Cholla

This is a sample from Hagmann’s typeface collection, Cholla, which was created in 1999. The artist was commissioned while at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, to work with art director Denise Gonzales Crisp and associate designer, Carla Figueroa, to develop unique fonts that captured the artistry and creativity of the school. Hagmann…

Jonathan Barnbrook: “Blackstar” with David Bowie

Jonathan Barnbrook has collaborated with one of the most well-known musicians of all time David Bowie on multiple album covers over the years. The two met when Bowie and his wife were looking for someone to work on her book with. From there, they continued their creative relationship by working on various album covers together…