• Steven Heller

Bradbury Thompson’s Genius

Bradbury Thompson (1911–1995) was the maestro when it came to the magazine as symphony. He so mastered the rhythmic tenor of his pages that one couldn’t help hearing music while turning them. With Westvaco Inspirations, which he edited and designed for more than 60 issues (1939–1962), he had to juggle other designers’ and artists’ work with his own concept and composition. Among these issues were some design and typographic history milestones, but among my favorites were two issues produced on photography in 1954 and 1956, which showed Thompson’s genius for integrating photography, typography and painting together as essential elements of design.

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