A Rand Memorial

From time to time I look back at my collection of notes by, for or about Paul Rand. Over decades, many piled up, most were forgotten. This is a memorial about Rand by his good friend and colleague, the late Morris Wyszogrod, who was an art student in Warsaw, Poland, when the Nazis occupied the city. He used his skills as calligrapher, typographer and illustrator while in a succession of Nazi concentration camps, which enabled him to survive the Holocaust. After he was liberated he emigrated to the United States, went to art school and was hired by Rand, then art director at the William H. Weintraub Agency. Rand was his guardian angel during those early postwar years, and I don’t think Morris would mind having his feelings recalled over 20 years later.


Portrait of Paul Rand by Morris Wyszogrod, 1987.

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3 thoughts on “A Rand Memorial

  1. kaspereagan

    Thanks Steven for sharing this beautiful piece! When I started my career in design I always remembered Rand life and it inspired me then and I think it would be a great example for future generations. Not so far ago I came across this Paul Rand essay. I think it would be valuable for the audience to discover too.

  2. lwallant

    When did Morris Wyszogrod die? Morris was very important to my father. He met my father, Edward Lewis Wallant, at Pratt Institute after the war. Morris also counted my father as a good supportive friend when he was a new immigrant. He told my father so many of his harrowing stories of survival. My father encouraged him to write it all down. The stories impacted my father and influenced his ground breaking fictional survivor novel, The Pawnbroker. It was one of the first fictional books to address the Holocaust. Finally in 1997 Morris was able to write his own story, A Brush with Death. I’m glad Rand was also close to him. This memorial letter to Rand is moving. He also wrote a memorial letter for my father who died in 1962. His comparison of Rand to Bezalel, the artist in Exodus, applies to all artists and resonates with me, a designer. Thank you for posting this.