Published

22 November 2013

Philip Grushkin: A Designer’s Archive

In 2012, Glenn Horowitz Bookseller, Inc. tasked us with organizing and designing the catalogue for the collection of Philip Grushkin (1921–1998). The catalogue Philip Grushkin: A Designer's Archive by Paul Shaw, is now available for purchase in the Display Bookstore. The comprehensive archive of over 1,800 items (book jackets, artwork, mechanicals, correspondence, design books, and ephemera) now resides at Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Read More

Philip Grushkin: A Designer’s Archive

Published

16 September 2013

Collecting History, Collecting Design

Selections from Display, Graphic Design Collection–
over 150 works of graphic design history.
Sept 9–Nov 25, 2013

Pratt GradComD Gallery
144 W. 14th Street, 7th fl.
New York, NY 10011 map
Gallery Hours: Mon–Fri 10am–6pm Read More

Collecting History, Collecting Design

Published

29 August 2013

A Personal Account of the World Design Conference in Tokyo, Japan 1960

Edited version of an original article from The Journal of Commercial Art (CA, Volume 2, Number 6, June 1960) by Susan Karstrom Keig, designer for Morton Goldsholl, Inc., Chicago and contributing editor for CA. For more on the World Design Conference (WoDeCo, Sekai Dezain Kaigi), including images, please see our previously published article.

For five days last month [May, 1960] in Tokyo’s Sankei Hall, over 250 designers and architects from 30 countries met to consider and speak on the theme – The Total Image of the 20th Century, what designers can contribute to the human environment of the coming age. Read More

A Personal Account of the World Design Conference in Tokyo, Japan 1960

Published

28 November 2012

Wim Crouwel: Aspects of Communication Design in a Shrinking World

Edited version of an original lecture by Wim Crouwel under the theme Aspects of Communication Design in a Shrinking World from Vision 65: World Congress on New Challenges to Human Conditions, October 23, 1965, 9:30am.

I have been asked to give an estimate of the designer's position in Europe, as it relates to certain questions and prospects: What is his attitude towards the problems which a shrinking world imposes on the sphere of communication? What are his reactions to it, and is he happy about present-day developments? Is he equipped to adapt himself to the situation, or is negative criticism his only response? Read More

Wim Crouwel: Aspects of Communication Design in a Shrinking World

Published

15 November 2012

Vision 65: World Congress on New Challenges to Human Communication

From October 21–23, 1965, more than 500 people worldwide gathered at Southern Illinois University in the small city of Carbondale, Illinois to participate in Vision 65: World Congress on New Challenges to Human Communication.* Sponsored by the International Center for Typographic Arts (Aaron Burns, Director) in cooperation with S.I.U., Vision 65 had the ambitious task of exploring the challenges of communications as a result of recent technological and social developments. The conference was organized by Will Burtin with program advisers Lou Dorfsman (Director of Design, Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc.) and Bruce MacKenzie (Director of International Communications, I.B.M. World Trade Corporation). Herbert Roan (Dept. of Design, S.I.U) was the Educational coordinator of the conference. Read More

Vision 65: World Congress on New Challenges to Human Communication

Published

14 August 2012

Eurostile, A Synthetic Expression of Our Times

Edited version of an original article by Aldo Novarese from Pagina, International Magazine of Graphic Design, No. 4, January 1964. Published under the auspices of the Società Italiana di Grafica, Milan. Editoriale Metro S.p.A.

With the 19th century ends the era of the book, the machine which helped it to reach its apogee of glory is now leaving it behind as new times need faster and immediate means to convey impressions and ideas. It is now sufficient to open our eyes to get the message as a whole, taking it in one shot or in the quickest possible way is now an every-day necessity. This prompts us towards new ways of serving our faculty of vision, anticipating in our imagination innovations in the arts, typefaces included. Read More

Eurostile, A Synthetic Expression of Our Times

Published

30 May 2012

graphic Modern

USA, Italy and Switzerland 1934–66
June 4–July 26, 2012

Fordham University at Lincoln Center
Center Gallery 113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023 map
Gallery Hours: Everyday, 10am to 6pm (sometimes later) Read More

graphic Modern

Published

12 October 2011

The NASA Design Program

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration Design Program is a modernist vision for an optimistic future. The logo (often referred to as the "worm") evokes qualities of unity, technical precision, scientific capabilities and uniqueness. Reduced to its simplest form; the one width, continuous-stroke letters are as contemporary today as when the logo was first introduced by partners, Richard Danne and Bruce Blackburn of Danne & Blackburn (New York, NY) more than 37 years ago. Read More

The NASA Design Program

Published

17 August 2011

World Design Conference in Tokyo 1960

1960 was a momentous year in the history of Japanese graphic design. Supported by the Japanese Government, Tokyo hosted the World Design Conference (WoDeCo, Sekai Dezain Kaigi) from May 11th to May 16th, introducing an enthusiastic group of Japanese designers, architects and industrial designers with their counterparts from Europe and the United States to discuss the theme “Total Image for the 20th Century”. Read More

World Design Conference in Tokyo 1960

Published

12 May 2011

Collecting History

Collections tell stories. Often, they represent a personal narrative or reveal some interesting character traits of the collector. We are collectors of a different sort. Although the act of collecting is a personal journey, our graphic design collection is not a preview into our lives or our history. Rather, the collection is a way for us to gain valuable insight into another history – a critical period of graphic design. Read More

Collecting History

Published

22 September 2010

Graphic Design Magazines - Part One

From the rational to the experimental to the playful – these important graphic design magazines represent a distinct point of view about mid-century graphic design, typography and beyond. Through thoughtful (sometimes critical) articles and opinions, book reviews, visually stimulating design and the introduction of important, lesser-known designers, these magazines successfully documented contemporary and historical German, Italian, Japanese and Swiss design to new, international audiences. Read More

Graphic Design Magazines - Part One

Published

02 August 2010

Typographische Monatsblätter: Yves Zimmermann

In 1959 (published in 1960), Yves Zimmermann (b. 1937, Basel) designed a captivating series of seven, black and white, text-only covers for Typographische Monatsblätter, however, only two issue’s: No. 1, January and No. 2, February were actually published. The remaining five (March, April, May, June, July), were apparently, too controversial. Read More

Typographische Monatsblätter: Yves Zimmermann

Published

10 June 2010

Matthew Leibowitz: Visual Translator

Born in Philadelphia on August 21, 1918, Matthew Leibowitz’s family had emigrated from Eastern Europe. Leibowitz studied at night in the certificate program at the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art (now The University of the Arts). He was intelligent, a fastidious dresser, an aficionado of puns, prolific and hardworking. At the time he was studying for his degree, he was already working at the established advertising firm, Gray & Rogers. Read More

Matthew Leibowitz: Visual Translator

Published

18 January 2010

Bob Noorda 1927–2010

A tribute to a legendary designer whose work has contributed a great deal to the artistic and cultural development of his adopted city of Milan - and beyond. Noorda's enduring design work demonstrates the importance of building a corporate identity based on value and utility, not merely aesthetics. His prolific contributions to graphic design will continue to have an influence and be recognized. Read More

Bob Noorda 1927–2010

Published

15 January 2010

Massimo Vignelli on Bob Noorda

Back in the early 60s Bob Noorda was the designer in Milano with whom I wanted to be most associated. His famous work for Milano's Metropolitana was of the highest standard. We started our friendship by driving to Venice every week to teach graphic design at the School of Industrial Design. That experience and that closeness cemented our friendship and in 1965 we decided to join our offices; that is when, with some other friends in Chicago, we started Unimark International. Read More

Massimo Vignelli on Bob Noorda

Published

04 January 2010

The New Typography Exhibition at MoMA

"The New Typography is distinguished from the old by the fact that its first objective is to develop its visible form out of the functions of the text. It is essential to give pure and direct expression to the contents of whatever is printed: just as in the works of technology and nature, 'form' must be created out of function. Only then can we achieve a typography which expresses the spirit of modern man." Read More

The New Typography Exhibition at MoMA

Published

16 December 2009

Design Pioneer: Lora Lamm

In the written history of mid-century Italian and Swiss Graphic Design, Lora Lamm's name is often overlooked. Although born in Arosa, Switzerland in 1928, Lamm was a major contributor to the adventurous design coming out of Milan during the 1950s and 1960s. Her role as a pioneering woman designer is an inspiration and her body of graphic design work is the legacy of a creative spirit. Read More

Design Pioneer: Lora Lamm