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6.16.18 / Weekend Heller: Chermayeff's Early Book Covers


It was once said, power is in the hands of the person who owns a printing press. Well, if it’s still true, Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press has been doing good things with his power. He has also helped develop a gallery for graphic design, Katherine Small Gallery in Somerville, Mass., to accompany his printed matter or vice versa.

The current show and gem of a booklet is Ivan Chermayeff: Mostly Early Covers, “an opportunity,” notes Russem, “to focus on forty-one of Chermayeff’s less-celebrated designs without being overwhelmed by the iconic work for which he is so well known.” They are indeed worth seeing and having the catalog as a valuable keepsake.

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is the co-founder and the co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts. He writes the Visuals column for the New York Times Book Review and the Graphic Content blog for T-Style. He is the author, coauthor, and/or editor of more than 120 books on design and popular culture, including the recent book Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig (Chronicle).