Influences

Check out my latest post at AIGA and find out who influences icons (and future icons) like John Maeda, David Airey, George Lois, Jan Wilker, and Paula Scher.

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Everything is Design

Must-see when in New York: Paul Rand: Everything is Design, an exhibition where you can see more than 150 posters, ads, books, brochures, and sketches by the legendary American modernist. It’s inspiring work, and it’s always great to see these designs in person rather than just online. At the Museum of the City of New York through September 7.

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12 Days of Designers

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.

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Day 11: early Josef Müller-Brockmann for Bally. Thanks to Swann Galleries.

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Day 10: Seasons Greetings from Paul Rand, 1957. Thanks to Aaron Cohen at Project Object.

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Day 9: Seymour Chwast, 2014. Thanks to Chwast’s Quote at Print Magazine.

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Day 8: Ed Fella, 2011-12, by hand. Thanks to Bijan Berahimi.

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Day 7: no clichés here: Edward McKnight Kauffer, holiday greeting for Ric Gregory, 1936.

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Day 6: Alex Steinweiss, album cover for Mantovani Christmas Carols, 1950s. You can buy this at New Documents.

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Day 5: Max Huber, best wishes from Il Giorno, 1957. From Designspiration.

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Day 4: Milton Glaser for New York magazine, 1974. Thanks to Bob Caruthers on flickr.

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Day 3: Brownjohn, Chermayeff & Geismar, late 1950s. Thanks to MoMA.

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Day 2: Candy Christmas tree by Herbert Matter for House & Garden, 1953. Thanks to Conde Nast.

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Day 1: Herbert Bayer, 1942. Via flickr: Playing Futures: Applied Nomadology.

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Century: 100 Years of Type

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The latest exhibition at the AIGA National Design Center all about type. Century: 100 years of Type in Design does a great job highlighting fun and functional typefaces from the past 100 years. The real strength is the context: it’s not just type samples, but artifacts and ephemera showing these faces in use. You’ll see great work by designers like Lucian Bernhard, Paul Rand, Herb Lubalin, Stefan Sagmeister, and more. It’s great to see these pieces in person–inspiration for anyone interested in design and typography. The exhibition runs through July 31.

6 Iconic Logo/Identity Designers

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Paul Rand said, “Visual communications of any kind… should be seen as the embodiment of form and function: the integration of the beautiful and the useful.” It’s not only about how it looks, or how it works, but about how it looks and works together. Whether you’re a student or a practicing designer, it’s helpful to occasionally look back at the work of iconic designers like Rand. Read about a few that contributed to the rise of corporate identity design at Logo Design Love.

HOW Magazine

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“A great big book of who’s who in the creative world, Graphic Icons: Visionaries Who Shaped Modern Graphic Design is a visual tour de force that features everything from posters to multimedia projects. Striking work from the likes of Paul Rand, Milton Glaser, Paula Scher and other greats provides the imagery that guides readers through the pages.” Thank you, HOW Magazine!