May 1968 Posters featured image

In the turbulent days of May 1968 in Paris, a group of artists calling themselves the Atelier Populaire created posters that were vital in spreading the call to unite student and workers.  The propaganda of the French revolt was fed by immediate pressures.  The day by day events – the disruption of classes at Nanterre University led by Daniel Cohn-Bendit, the supporting student demonstrations in Paris, the police invasion of the Sorbonne and its occupation by students, the barricades, and the government’s reaction and referendum…Read More →

I saw La La Land this weekend and Damien Chazelle musical is brilliant and emotional tribute to the 1950’s musical. Visually stunning eye candy for my inner graphic designer. Not so much a visual re-imaging of Los Angeles as a opportunity to see it through an artists eye. Chazelles last film, “Whiplash”used Jazz as a tool to explore ambition, the price of achieving excellence. Read More →

Buegel chair by Gerrit Thomas Rietveld

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld was a Dutch architect and furniture maker, and designer. He was born in Utrecht.  Probably the most innovative and avant-garde designer of his time, Rietveld’s furniture designs were ground-breaking both visually and from a production stand-point. Even 90 years later, his chairs look as fascinating as theyRead More →

AIGA promotional poster

The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) is a professional design organisation. Members practice all forms of communication design, including graphic design, typography, interaction design, user experience, branding and identity. The objective of the organisation is to be the standard bearer of professional ethics and practice in the design profession. TRead More →

violets colour swatch

The violets are one of the most recognisable flowers.  Even the scientific name of the principal type makes sense; it is Viola odorta, the sweet violet.  It is a native of Europe. Many hybrid forms exist with both single and double flowers.  Flower colours include white and shades of pink lavender, violet, purple and yellow.

I call this colour swatch Violet on wood.Read More →

The poster has established itself as an integral part of modern marketing and has acquired the status of a typical Swiss quality product just like the one it was intended to sell. A good example is the poster designed in 1952 by Herbert Leupin (1916–1999) for the Pelikan fountain pen company. Showing an eponymous bird with a pen in its beak and a wing ink, it’s done with very little text. The message is simple: the bird is a brand name. Anyone looking to buy a fountain pen.Read More →

Universal Typeface - Herbert Bayer

The universal typeface, 1925, was a geometric alphabet based on bar and circle and was designed by Herbert Bayer (1900) to function efficiently in a technological society. Bayer rejected the “archaic and complicated gothic alphabet” which lingered in the most scientifically advanced society of its time, Germany of the first world war period and the postwar era. Read More →

Movable type - Gutenberg

Sourced from Daily Press – Newport News Virginia 17 April 1939 The invention of movable types in Europe, as we all know, has been generally attributed to Gutenberg —  just as the steam engine has popularly been considered that of Watt.  However Watt did not invent the steam engine; heRead More →