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Hitler’s Nightmare-1939

This piece by Lester Beall was commissioned by Crowell Publishing Company to go into Collier’s magazine by 1939. During this time, America was trying to inspire their citizens into patriotism by use of propaganda posters. This poster in particular was a propaganda against Hitler and his march on the world. Here you are able to…

Michael Rock: It Is What It Is

It Is What It Is, is a collective of images and work from the 2×4 studio. The images were compiled by of 2×4’s founding partners, Michael Rock. This book is very important in that it directly reflects the ideology and methodology that Rock showcases in his work and what the 2×4 studio aligns with as…

Art Chantry: Give Peace A Dance

This is a poster designed by Art Chantry in 1986, for the Give Peace a Dance event held during the World’s Fair at the Seattle Center House. The Give Peace a Dance event is a twenty-four hour dance marathon put on to raise funding for the nuclear freeze movement that ended in 1989. Chantry calls…

Art Chantry: Estrus Records

I was surprised by the number of projects that Art Chantry had been a part of outside of the traditional design realm, and the influence that he had not only within the design world, but also within the music industry. After reading through a couple of transcribed interviews held with Art, I discovered that one…

Noz W Wodzie (1961)

Noz W Wodzie, or Knife in the Water is a film directed by Roman Polanski, released in. The movie is about a couple on a road trip about to go sailing who run into a hitchhiker and invite him along. Tension builds between the hitchhiker and the man who invited him along because he starts…

Ruth Ansel: ’65 Steve McQueen Issue

What is it: a 1965 cover of Harper’s Bazaar Designed by: Ruth Ansel, An image of: Steve McQueen Photographed by: Richard (Dick) Avedon (who was also guest editor)   One reason this cover is notable is because it is ground-breaking. This cover, by Ruth Ansel, was the first time a man was on the cover…

Wozzeck

This poster was commissioned to advertise the Polish National Opera’s 1964 production of Alban Berg’s avant-garde opera Wozzeck in Warsaw. The opera is based off of the everyday life of soldiers and the townspeople of a rural German-speaking town. At first glance, because of the heavy use of the color red, the poster can be…

Ruth Ansel: 65′ Avedon Space Issue

What is it: a 1965 cover of Harper’s Bazaar Designed by: Ruth Ansel, An image of: Jean Shrimpton Photographed by: Richard (Dick) Avedon   This cover (and issue) of Harper’s Bazaar is one of Ansel’s most popular and well known. Not only is the cover striking and eye-catching but the backstory is also interesting. Originally,…

Baskerville Paper

John Baskerville was born in Worcestershire, England on January 28, 1706. He was a notable printer in Birmingham, England and his typefaces are still used today. Along with the creation of his typefaces, Baskerville is also often cited with either the invention of or the innovative use of the first woven paper. One of the…

Baskerville Font

John Baskerville was born in Worcestershire, England on January 28, 1706. He was a notable printer in Birmingham, England and his typefaces are still used today. His most popular font was Baskerville, which he designed in 1754, after creating his own printing company. Baskerville was destined for greatness in the area of type from the…

Roman Cieslewicz “Che” Si

Roman Cieślewicz created many works and some of them include political metaphor. “Che” Si is CHe Guevara. Che Guevara was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global insignia in popular…

A. M. Cassandre – Peignot

Cassandre was most well known as a poster artist, but he delved into many different areas of art, including the creation of typefaces. Many of his typefaces were widely used and impactful, with one of the more interesting types being Peignot, which he created in 1937. The type was commissioned by Deberny & Peignot. The…

A. M. Cassandre – Au Bucheron

One of the most important posters created by Cassandre was Au Bucheron, a poster created as an advertisement for a cabinet maker in 1923. The poster itself led to Cassandre’s later and widespread success and fame, winning him recognition and an iconic style. It is a depiction of a man chopping down a tree, not…