Archive for April, 2021

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

Knoll International Poster and Brand

In 1966, Massimo Vignelli created a vibrant and eye-catching poster for Knoll International. Not only did Vignelli make this poster for Knoll, but he also worked at Knoll International to create a new graphics program. This led to the creation of “stationery, business cards, stickers, tags, boxes, brochures and four-color ads for trade magazines and…

Winterhouse Maple Syrup

For my second project by William Drenttel, I chose another collaboration between him and his wife. The art for these bottles of maple syrup was created for their own Winterhouse Design Studio maple syrup. Here, the designers use a broad range of styles to ornament their collection. Typography and photography, executed in a variety of…

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…

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…