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Rudolph de Harak Gets Involved

After Rudolph de Harak worked on the “Man, His Planet, and Space” pavilion at Montreal’s Expo 67 he decided he wanted to be involved in a small graphics business. As his partner he chose Al Corchia and began a firm that did graphic, product and environmental design. De Harak worked closely with the Kaufman Brothers who developed a few of the modern skyscrapers that changed to mood of downtown Manhattan. Note the biplane atop the 77 Water Street roof and the sequentially lighted numeral clock for 127 John Street. The partnership did not last long and de Harak For the design of the U.S. Pavilion in Japan, Osaka’s Expo ’70, de Harak teamed up with Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar creating a tour de force of information communications. But this capabilities booklet, with its examples of logos, clocks and environmental work, is a gem .

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About Steven HellerSteven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →