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Edward McKnight Kauffer

Born December 14th in 1890, Edward McKnight Kauffer was an American artist and graphic designer who focused on poster art, but also worked as a painter, book illustrator, and theater designer. Beginning his studies at California School of Design in 1910, it was here that he earned the attention of Professor Joseph McKnight from the…

Phil Baines

The artist that I chose for my project is Phil Baines. In 1958, He was born in Kendal, Cumbria, Cumbria is a small county in northwest England. Phil Baines did not immediately begin in the world of Graphic Design. Before pursuing graphic design, Phil Baines went to school and studied to become a Roman Catholic priest at Ushaw College, Durham. He…

Harumi Yamaguchi

Harumi Yamaguchi is a Japanese visual artist and painter. She was born in 1941 in Matsui, Shimane Prefecture, Japan. She trained at the Tokyo University of Art, majoring in oil painting. She started her career as a freelance worker and made advertisement illustrations for PARCO, a department store chain in Japan that “incorporates other cultural…

Seymour Chwast

Seymour Chwast, often called “the left-handed designer,” is an American graphic designer known for his diverse body of work and notable influences on illustration, typeface, and visual culture throughout the last century. Referred to as a “revolutionary of visual culture,” Chwast is most famous for his commercial artwork, which include posters, magazine covers, and publicity…

W.E.B. Du Bois: Acres of Land Owned

A piece that Du Bois created from “The Georgia Negro” series that was made to be showcased at the World Fair in Paris was the Acres of Land Owned by Negroes in Georgia. Because of the strict time constraints presented by the exhibition date, Du Bois and his team hand painted with water color on…

W.E.B. Du Bois- Du Bois Spiral

  Du Bois was invited to create a schowcase of Afrian American living at the Exposition Universelle in Paris. However, this World Fair was inadvertdently also a celebration of French and European imperialism, even going so far as to display “villages” where black people were presented in a derogative manner, as conquests of the empire.…

Barbara deWilde

Barbara deWilde was born in 1962. She is a physical and digital designer with a focus on typography, graphic design, art direction, and interaction design as well as a mentor for other designers. deWilde is currently an Executive Creative Director in the Product and Design group at The New York Times where she oversees a…

El Lissitzky

El Lissitzky’s full name is Eleazar Markovich Lisitskii, where he was born on November 1890 in the Russian town of Pochinok, which was considered a Jewish-populated community. He traveled a bit when he was younger moving from Pochinok to Vitebsk to spend his childhood years and then to Smolensk where he would start attending secondary…

Wolfgang Weingart

Wolfgang Weingart is a well known figure in the realm of graphic design and typography. According to “Wolfgang Weingart: Biography, Designs and Facts,” his work can be characterized as Swiss Typography. To include some background information, Weingart was born in Southern Germany in the year 1941. More specifically, he was born in Constance at the…

Jonathon Barnbrook

Jonathan Barnbrook was born in 1966 in Luton, United Kingdom, and still works there today. He is a graphic designer, filmmaker, and typographer. He spent 8 years at college and he says his education was free. He studied at Luton’s Barnfield College, Croydon College, Saint Martin’s School of Art as well as Royal College of…

Alicia Cheng

Alicia Cheng is a female Asian American designer, educator, and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She has almost 20 years of experience in her field. Cheng has served as a designer for many well-known establishments. For instance, Method, New York (as a senior designer), the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum (as a co-design director), and…

Grapus

  Grapus Studios was a group of between three and 20 graphic artists who joined and left the group at different points in time. The group worked together “between 1970 and 1991, [seeking] to combine excellence of design with a social conscience (“Grapus”). Grapus was formed following the student revolts in 1968 in France against…

Herbert Bayer

Herbert Bayer was an influential student and teacher of the Bauhaus movement. He advocated for the integration of all arts into Bauhaus and created their signature font, the Universal alphabet. The commercial typography he designed for the Bauhaus was a defining feature of the Dessau period and popularized the movement.  He was born April 5th,…

Massimo Vignelli

Massimo Vignelli was a massively important industrial and graphic designer throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Born in Milan, Italy on January 10, 1931, Vignelli studied art at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera. He later obtained a degree in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano in 1953. Between the years 1953 and 1957, Vignelli attended…

William Drenttel

The story of William Drenttel is best told by those who knew him and those who were influenced by his work within the design sphere. His passing in 2013 spurred his colleagues to memorialize his achievements and ethos to elegiac effect, praising the innovation of his craft as well as his character. One such tribute…