Last year I came into possession of a box of fan mail to Robert Wagner sent in 1957. It contained envelopes from all around the world, comprising about 150 envelopes with letters, about 250 envelopes only and about 30 envelopes with letters that had never been opened. I decided to make my 2014 Valentines "Letters to Robert Wagner." Each envelope seemed to be its own piece of art. The handwriting, the placement and layout of address, stamp and cancellation stamp varied widely from envelope to envelope. To this I added my own stamp that said "Timeless Love" – sometimes to the front of the envelope and sometimes to the back, depending on how it would interact or interfere with the original design.
Alan FletcherAlan Fletcher Graphic Designer (1931-2006) Alan Fletcher: fifty years of graphic work (and play) 11 November 2006 - 18 February 2007 Designed to be opened at random, The Art of Looking Sideways, Alan Fletcher’s 2001 book, is an unfailing source of wit, elegance and inspiration.
the johnson banks thought for the weekThe man who gave Michael Johnson his first job, Wally Olins, died yesterday. In this piece Johnson remembers some of Olins’ famous foibles. I first met Wally nearly thirty years ago, when, as a nervous student, I took a train down to London from the soggy shores of the North-West, clutching a box of slides of my final project. I’m not sure how my slightly hapless tutor had managed to swing the already world-famous Olins as my external project examiner but there I was, in the ubiquitous eighties design consultancy reception, perspiring furiously. My precise memories of the next two hours are unclear. Some things remain mercifully fuzzy, such as the mad search for a slide projector and usable carousel, and what, precisely, Wally said.
Lucian BernhardThe Priester Match poster is a watershed document of modern graphic design. Its composition is so stark and its colors so starling that it captures the viewer's eye in an instant. Before 1906, when the poster first appeared on the streets of Berlin, persuasive simplicity was a rare thing in most advertising: posters, especially tended to be wordy and ornate. No one had yet heard of its young creator, who, thanks to this poster, was to influence the genre of advertising know as the Sachplakat, or object poster. Over the course of his career, which progressed from the turn of the century to the 1950s, Lucian Bernhard became a prolific designer not only of innovative posters but of trademarks, packaging, type, textiles, furniture, and interior design. From his studio in New York City (he left Berlin in 1922), he developed some of the most recognizable American business advertising and trademarks, for such clients as Cat's Paw, ExLax, and Amoco.
Edward JohnstonEdward Johnston, 1902 Early life The family returned to England in 1875. With his father seeking work, and his mother ill, Johnston was raised by an aunt. He was educated at home, and enjoyed mathematics, technology, and creating illuminated manuscripts.OUT THEREAssistant to the management team and THERE’s studio life in general, this is a newly created full-time opportunity for a Project Co-ordinator and Studio Assistant who would love to work with a great team producing amazing high-end design. About us THERE is one of Australia's leading brand and creative signage agencies with independently owned studios in Sydney & Singapore. We are a well-established, forward-thinking and expanding graphic design agency that have been creating branded experiences for the built environment for over 12yrs. Our recent clients include; 3M, Stylecraft, WoodsBagot, Hassell, Rabobank, Knight Frank, Urbis, GHD, LinkedIn & Google.
Adrian FrutigerInformation about the typeface designer Adrian Frutiger and his fonts. Adrian Frutiger was born in 1928 at Unterseen near Interlaken, Switzerland. After an apprenticeship as a compositor, he continued his training in type and graphics at the Zurich School of Arts and Crafts (Kunstgewerbeschule) from 1949 to 1951, being taught by two renowned professors, Alfred Willimann and Walter Käch. Frutiger went to Paris in 1952 and worked as typeface designer and artistic manager at Deberny & Peignot.Bob CobbingBob Cobbing (30 July 1920 – 29 September 2002) was a British sound, visual, concrete and performance poet who was a central figure in the British Poetry Revival. Early life Cobbing was born in Enfield and grew up within the Plymouth Brethren. He attended Enfield Grammar School and then trained as an accountant. He later went to Bognor Training College to become a teacher.
André BaldingerAndré Baldinger 2000 The Newut family is a new Grotesque in which the capitals are designed to be the same height as the lowercases. You can chose from three variationes: Classic, Tip or Plain. Each variation has three weights, Light, Medium and Heavy.Eugen GomringerEugen Gomringer, Switzerland | b. 1925 The Book of Hours and Constellations [PDF, 111k] Something Else? Press, 1968. Edited by Jerome Rothenberg. UbuWeb facsimile edition edited and redacted by Lucia della Paolera.
The Best and Worst Identities of 2011, Part II: The BestTo end the year on a positive note here are The Best Identities of 2011. As much as I enjoy posting the train wrecks, the Bests are more fun, mostly because my selections tend to generate plenty of disagreement. You can catch the worst here. Enjoy and see you in 2012.Stéphane MallarméBiography On 10 August 1863, he married Maria Christina Gerhard. Their daughter, (Stéphanie Françoise) Geneviève Mallarmé, was born on 19 November 1864. Mallarmé died in Valvins (present-day Vulaines-sur-Seine) September 9, 1898. Style