In 1905 the first modern advertising poster was created: bold eye-catching lettering with flat colors; simplified shapes and objects and the composition focused on a central object. The Plakatstil was born. Lucian Bernhard, Ludwig Hohlwein, Julius Klinger: these were the three plakateers who revolutionized the approach to advertising and left a heritage of ideas that are influential today. They turned away from the complexity of Art Nouveau and propagated a more modern outloo
HOW Design Live 2018 is happening in Boston. Will you be there?
Register by Feb. 1 for the best price. Boss Baby, Captain Underpants, and Guillermo del Toro’s Trollhunters have the most immediate name recognition among six original animated series that DreamWorks and Netflix are producing this year. But also lined up is a show that’ll star three girls from 1950s-era Harvey Comics: Little Audrey, Little Lotta, and Little Dot. And of those three, the one to watch with the most
The notorious French anarchist-cartoonist Maurice Sinet, who signed his art Siné, died on Thursday at age 87. His favorite targets included capitalism, colonialism, and Christianity as well as all other major religions. And he viciously skewered them with considerable graphic dexterity and an incisive, often merciless—and occasionally crude and juvenile—wit. Back in 1955, while still in his twenties, he’d already received France’s Black Humor award, Le Grand Prix de l’humour
Even when he’s not idealizing Nazis, Ludwig Hohlwein cannot help but create archetypes. I’ve written before about this series of sports books, almost all of them covered with Hohlwein’s artwork. I’m fascinated whenever I find them by how in the few short years after the founding of the Nazi party, he began conceiving the quintessential heroic Aryan posture. Mein Auto, published in 1927 by Stuggart Sports Books, is devoted to the German passion and skill at automobile racing a
While rummaging through the studio bookshelves, I met an old friend: Ludwig Hohlwein, a collection of the poster designs by the artist published in Berlin in 1926. Just seeing the binding made me realize how much Hohlwein’s work affected my interest in graphic design and vintage advertising. I picked the book up from Irving Oaklander, the rare bookseller who passed away in 2012. It’s one of the most lusciously illustrated volumes you’ll ever see, mainly because Hohlwein’s wor