Before the Deluge

Before the delugeCurrent pictographic character studies for toys and comics are more often hybrid mash-ups of graphic conceits that came earlier. This example of such character simplification, “Children’s World 1932” The Yearbook of Working-Class Children (in urban and rural environments) was meant as socialist propaganda, but was illustrated with the light-hearted reduction of Otto Neurath’s ISOTYPEs and Gerd Arntz pictographic renderings. Sadly, this was created one year before the rise of the Nazis in Germany, which shortly thereafter removed Socialist and “Bolshevik” art and design from German life.

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