Latest from the Print & Typography Design category

No. 5 Culture Chanel Book by Irma Boom

In 2013, Irma Boom was commissioned by the French luxury fashion house, Chanel, to create a book for their Chanel No. 5 perfume.  In all of its 300-page glory, the book contains no ink, and instead, the text and images are embossed onto soft paper telling a story about Gabrielle Chanel. Research-wise, Boom immersed herself…

Erik Spiekermann: FF Meta

FontFont (FF) Meta is a typeface family created by the renowned German type designer Erik Spiekermann. Released in 1991, this typeface is derived from a previous unused commission for the Deutsche Bundespost (German Federal Post Office), specifically for identification tags and labels. However, when the typeface was never used in production, Spiekermann and his company…

Gill San Seriff

Gill Sans is a typeface developed by Eric Gill in 1928. The font takes inspiration from the typeface Johnston Sans which most notably used by the London Underground. Gill was an apprentice to and helped designed the typeface with Edward Johnston. Originally a side project by Gill as he wanted to make Johnston Sans appear…

Henry Wolf – Show. Magazine spread.

This is a spread by Henry Wolf from an issue of Show magazine from 1962. This spread includes the discussion between a few directors about what they would do if they were given the topic of making a film based on the effects of the h-bomb, or hydrogen bomb. In this work, Wolf showcased his…

“The General” Film Poster by the Stenberg Brothers

This poster was one of two designed by the Stenberg brothers in 1929 to promote the 1927 American film “The General” in Soviet cinemas. “The General,” directed by famous American filmmaker, actor, and comedian Buster Keaton, is a black and white silent film by United Artists that takes place during the civil war. Buster Keaton…

Otto Neurath – “Unemployment By Industries 1932”

One of Neurath’s greatest accomplishments in developing ISOTYPE is his creation of the ability to convey statistics to the global masses. Many people during his time would be unable to glean useful information from a complex chart or graph. Indeed, many people even today struggle with this feat. However, Neurath uses ISOTYPE to convey statistics…

Otto Neurath – “Great War 1914-18”

This particular piece does not represent a turning point in the style of Otto Neurath. Additionally, it is unlikely that this particular piece was commissioned by a specific client. I have seen this particular piece of work references several times in discussions of Otto Neurath. The main reason for this is that Neurath’s work was…

Kali Nikitas and Tanya Rubbak Print design Collab

Kali Nikitas collaboration with Tanya Rubbak. Tanya Rubbak also works at Otis College of Art and design. She specializes in print and identity design. Her resume is just as impressive as Kali’s with exhibitions and design works. She has even created writings and co-directed a few of them. Tanya has an MFA in Graphic design…

Bradbury Thompson – America At War

Embroiled in the middle of a global conflict that was neither wanted nor supported by the United States population, Bradbury Thompson was tasked with the unenviable challenge of shifting the public sentiment away from isolationism, and towards a confident and revitalized interest in defending the world abroad, even at the cost of the lives of…

Kan Tai-Keung: Beyond the Window, 2003

Created by Kan Tai-Keung in 2003, “Beyond the Window” is a Chinese ink painting with the size of 138 x 49 cm. For color, the essence of all paintings, “Beyond the Window” includes only three colors: red, black, and white. The colors were painted with Chinese ink, and techniques were applied to create effects like…

Typographische Monatsblätter cover

Cover of Swiss typographic magazine “Typographische Monatsblätter” Emil Ruder fervently believed that typography should prioritize communication through the written word above any other principle of design. Although graphic design is largely based on aesthetic elements, the motivation behind the aesthetic choices comes down to one purpose: to share and spread ideas. For this book cover…

Typographie: A Manual of Design

Typographie: A Manual of Design This seminal work of Ruder’s was a book published first in 1967 that encompassed his career in design over the course of 25 years. The publication was translated into many different languages including German, English, and French, and largely contributed to the spread of the Swiss Style of design across…