The Dean of Design

William H. (Will) Bradley (1868–1962) is an underappreciated American design pioneer overshadowed by other Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts practitioners. But he was one of design’s earliest self-branded design entrepreneurs as author, editor, type designer and illustrator. His privately printed magazines and journals are precursors to the self-promotion journals that led to, among others, The Push Pin Graphic and Pentagram Papers. Although he has been written about in books and magazines, today’s generation has yet to embrace his talents. This Bradley website will offer some enlightenment.

For me this Typophiles festschrift for his 80th birthday is one of the invaluable small gems of my collection of his work. He died in 1962, just around the time Art Nouveau was returning as a retro style. I wonder how he felt about its resurgence.

 

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