modernism

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A Little Taste of Modernity

I've long been fond of Streamline Modernism—the marriage of speed, kinetics, machines and the Avant Garde that manifests in trains, boats, planes and cars.

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Drink ‘n’ Design

This "Mixer's Manual" is a less-known, but no less impressive example of how Joseph Binder's work evolved toward the end of his career.

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The Electric Anton Stankowski

German graphic designer Anton Stankowski was a master of the minimal—and a pioneer of "constructive graphic art" that involved photographic media.

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The Fab Four (of Modernists)

Steven Heller unearths a rare group photo of Ladislav Sutnar, Bradbury Thompson, Alvin Eisenman and Paul Rand.

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Book Jacket Modernism

Book jackets are a wellspring of graphic styles and often mirror what is going on in the design culture. Here are two vintage examples.

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Overcoming Graphic Malaise

This selling tool for American Crayon Company vividly shows how modernism transformed the ordinary graphic malaise of the 1930s, '40s and early '50s.

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04/18/2014: Helvetica perfume

Here’s a collection of some creative uses for Helvetica, which include a lager, poster design, and this amusing perfume ad campaign. Helvetica Perfume, cleverly described as the ultimate Modernist perfume, is a product of creative collective Guts & Glory and is available to purchase for $32. Ideal for that special someone who wants to...

The History of Graphic Design

Laurence King Publishing recently released two “mini format” editions of books originally published ten years ago: “American Modernism” by R. Roger Remington and “No More Rules” by Rick Poynor. The two books pair well because they make clear how, and why, approaches to graphic design, particularly in America, developed between 1920 at the end...