Designing for the holidays can be a tough. How can you create a greeting each year that looks appropriate yet hasn’t been done a million times before? I dug through the archives of the designers featured in Graphic Icons and am sharing an assortment of their holiday designs for your inspiration. Watch for #12DaysOfDesigners on twitter. I’ll share one image each day, beginning on December 12th and wrapping up on the 23rd. I’ll also post the images here each day. Get inspired and share some of your favorites.
Last day! Saul Bass, 1968. Thanks to AIGA Design Archives.
Day 11: early Josef Müller-Brockmann for Bally. Thanks to Swann Galleries.
Day 10: Seasons Greetings from Paul Rand, 1957. Thanks to Aaron Cohen at Project Object.
Day 9: Seymour Chwast, 2014. Thanks to Chwast’s Quote at Print Magazine.
Day 8: Ed Fella, 2011-12, by hand. Thanks to Bijan Berahimi.
Day 7: no clichés here: Edward McKnight Kauffer, holiday greeting for Ric Gregory, 1936.
Day 6: Alex Steinweiss, album cover for Mantovani Christmas Carols, 1950s. You can buy this at New Documents.
Day 5: Max Huber, best wishes from Il Giorno, 1957. From Designspiration.
Day 4: Milton Glaser for New York magazine, 1974. Thanks to Bob Caruthers on flickr.
Day 3: Brownjohn, Chermayeff & Geismar, late 1950s. Thanks to MoMA.
Day 2: Candy Christmas tree by Herbert Matter for House & Garden, 1953. Thanks to Conde Nast.
Day 1: Herbert Bayer, 1942. Via flickr: Playing Futures: Applied Nomadology.