Boris Bućan: A Posterfull Life

Boris Bućan (b.1947) is a Croatian artist and poster designer whose work has been celebrated by many museums, including MoMA. A current exhibition at MSU Zagreb (through May 29), “Breakfast At The Printers,” and accompanying catalog shows a wide range of Bućan’s remarkable artistry and image-based communications. In the essay “Boris Bućan’s Early Posters,” Rick Poynor writes, “For Bućan, the image comes first and type is always a secondary consideration. There is often a feeling in his work that he would like to dispense with typography entirely.” Indeed that’s what I admire about Bućan’s work. At a time when type is a fetish, here’s a designer who uses visuals to speak as loudly as words. See more of his work here.

 

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Fashion Show, 1977.

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S.O.S. For Zagreb Heritage, 1977.

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From The Development of Scientific Thought Series, 1972.

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From The Development of Scientific Thought Series, 1972.

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18th Zagreb Salon: Applied Art and Industrial Design, 1983.

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Croatian National Theatre Split: Candide, 1983.

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100 Years of the Arts and Crafts School, 1982.

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Hollybush Festival, Glassboro: Swan Lake, 1988.


PRINT magazine Spring 2016 issuePick up a copy of Print’s Spring 2016 issue before the summer issue drops.

The Spring 2016 issue takes a dive into the largest design capital of the world: New York City. Get an exclusive look into the lives of design celebrities–from James Victore to Timothy Goodman, Jessica Walsh to Stefan Sagmeister. And then ask yourself: what makes a designer a celebrity? And is there a difference between “celebrity” and “fame?”

All of this PLUS the winners of the Typography & Lettering Awards, the history of Helvetica and a sneak peek at Seymour Chwast’s next exhibit.

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