J.A. Grose : Designer

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German designer J.A. Grose for Standard Elektrik Lorenz 1959

Ladislav Sutnar exhibition

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The Czech center in New York is currently running an exhibition entitled, LADISLAV SUTNAR: MODERN, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL. The Exhibition feature’s 25 of Sutnar’s works and will run through Jan 8, 2008. For more information please visit the Czech Center’s website

La Rinascente poster 1974

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Super rad skiing poster by E. Mariani for La Rinascente. Hundreds of colored vertical arrows make up the image.Year of creation 1974. Everytime I see this poster it makes me think of the White Stripes video with the legos.

Jesse Kirsch : graphic designer

Jesse Kirsch graphic design

I’ve always been told that when designing a film festival poster to “NEVER use a camera!” in the imagery. Well, Jesse Kirsch just did it, and I’d say it turned out pretty awesome. While he was at it, he also designed a map of Manhattan as a leaf, and a Beatles poster using only hair! What a rule breaker!

60 years of finnish book design

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Several years ago The Finnish Book Arts Committee produced a retrospective entitled 60 Years of Best Finnish Book Design. The online exhibition includes illustrations and layout by Tove Jansson, Erik Bruun, Jukka Pellinen, Timo Sarpaneva, Markku Reunanen, Aleksander Lindeberg and Oili Tanninen amongst others. It only takes a few minutes to click through the slide show and serves as a wonderful introduction to some of Finland’s finest designers.

Alexander Girard nativity poster

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I was blown away when I saw this nativity poster by Alexander Girard. The poster is for an Exhibition at the Gallery of Art in Kansas City in 1962. The exhibition included 170 Nativity scenes from Girard’s personal collection. Imagine being in a room with 510 wise men and 170 Jesuses!

Thanks to Andy at Reference Library for posting this. If you haven’t been to his blog yet, Please go now! This is a really cool blog.

Rolf Harder but, before you drink

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This is a man that must have alot of stories to tell. For everyone that has seen the classic Noah Baumbach movie Kicking and Screaming; this man might of been the new leader of the cougars. Go cougars!

So now that we’ve established that Rolf Harder has the coolest name in graphic design, let’s get on to his work. I was blown away when I stumbled upon Rolf’s designs for International Paints Canada yesterday. I love his use of the paint brushes for the 1961 annual report. This design could of doubled as a poster for Krzysztof Kieslowski three colors trilogy. Like the Kieslowski films, I would guess that these colors represent the colors of the French flag considering International Paints was based out of Quebec.

The society of Graphic Designers of Canada has a bio on Rolf Harder for those interested in reading further.

Thanks to element kuuda for posting these great designs by Rolf Harder as well other Canadian designers on Flickr.

Hey Jose!

Jose Rodriguez graphic design

My favorite thing about Jose Rodriguez is not his great work, nice type, or his motion reels. It’s his URL: HeyJose.com! It’s probably the hottest domain name on the web right now. Anyway, the work is definitely on par with the URL. That’s right, solid gold! From the long-suited men of “beginning” to the technical-but-beautiful diagrammatic analysis of FF-Meta, this Sarasota, FL, designer is making some really great images. Go over and check out Hey Jose!

Corporate Identity vs logo lunch

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While I was doing some research on corporate identity and logos for a post, I kept finding all these Logo buffets. You know, the ones where you can get 13 web 2.0 logos for the price of a sandwich. It was frustrating because I just wanted to find a site that archived some of the better examples of branding. Well I finally found it. Heres a great list of corporate identity projects.

Each case study includes the Designer, year of creation, typefaces/ pantones used for the logo etc. Its a rather large list and includes many classic designs.

Sippin on Savignac

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I’m just waiting for the day when gangsta rappers start rapping about design nerd stuff. When that day comes, some one has to do a song called “Sippin on Savignac”. It would have to be a posse cut for sure. Each dude talking about how they were rolling through Japan looking for obscure French posters. No doubt in my mind this will be certified Ghetto Gold.

It might be a while before that day comes so in the meantime I’ll have to live with an internet trip to Japan’s own Guy antiques Raymond Savignac poster gallery. You can browse through the posters or drop some cash and buy an original.