Gail Davidson

Sustainability, from a National Design Award winner

Paula Scher—the 2013 National Design Award winner for Communication Design—along with Marion Bantjes and Christopher Niemann have produced the first three in a series of twelve posters promoting the concept of Sustainability. The series, commissioned and art directed by William Drenttel and Jessica Helfand of Winterhouse Publications, features the interpretation of sustainability into conceptual graphic design.
sustainability, poster, Paula Scher, National Design Awards, Jessica Helfand, William Drenttel

More legible highway signage

The Clearview typeface is a beautiful example of the way design helps to improve people's daily lives. A product of the design team of Donald Meeker and Chris O'Hara from Meeker Associates and type designer James Montalbano of Terminal Design, the Clearview project seeks to improve the readability of highway signage for drivers, especially those over sixty five, who constitute roughly one sixth of the driving public.
Donald Meeker, Chris O'Hara, James Montalbano, Terminal Design, TYPEFACE, font, legibility


Visuele Communicatie Nederland (Visual Communications in the Netherlands) is one of designer Wim Crouwel’s best posters, created in 1969 for an Art Directors Club Annual exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. The Stedelijk Museum has been one of Crouwel's major clients. Trained as a painter at the Minerva Academy in his home town of Groningen, and at the Kunsthijverheids onderwijs in Amsterdam, Crouwel started his professional life working on exhibition design for Bedroeders Enderberg, Amsterdam.

Ward Bennett's approach to designing

This drawing, by American designer Ward Bennett, shows the designer's mind at work for objects in a variety of media during the initial stages of creation. Here, Bennett has conceived an ambitious range of objects including cookware, kitchen utensils, and glassware.
Ward Bennett, design process, drawing, utensils, glassware, cookware

A glimpse into Gerald Gulotta's design process

Gerald Gulotta became an established freelance designer of ceramics, glassware, silver and stainless steel cutlery during the 1960s and 1970s. His sleek, slender, elegant tabletop designs look as contemporary today as they did during the height of his career. The Drawings, Prints and Graphic Design department recently acquired seven Gulotta drawings of stainless steel flatware.
Gerald Gulotta, Dansk, Lauffer, La Industrial Mondragonesa, cutlery, drawing, design process, process, knife, fork, spoon

HorseMove ProjectSpace poster

This exhibition poster by Michiel Schuurman for the HorseMove ProjectSpace explores optical disunity, utilizing computer technologies to create endless patterns of replication and visual complication. These computerized distortions obliterate the easy reading of the poster, which challenges the conceptual bias of the printed poster as a means for conveying information. The visual bombardment of the repeated forms compels the viewer to look harder to decipher the information.
Michiel Schuurman, HorseMove ProjectSpace, poster, replication


Ralph Schraivogel is a celebrated contemporary Swiss poster designer, whose work often plays with curving pattern, image, and type to create ambiguous spatial effects. The poster presented here, Paul Newman, Filmpodium Zurich, evolves from a quite different design aesthetic and tradition. This compelling poster has been compared to the inventive, puzzle like, modernist posters of Paul Rand, especially Rand's Dada poster (1951) which invites reading in both a vertical and horizontal orientation. 
Ralph Schraivogel, poster, Swiss graphic design

A questionable attribution

This drawing, Interior of St. Peter's in Rome, has been attributed to Enneamond Alexandre Petitot, although it is likely that the drawing is by an unidentified artist working either in the circle of Giovanni Batista Piranesi or the workshop of Giuseppe Vasi, both of whom created scenes of notable monuments in Rome for the tourist trade in the mid eighteenth century. The drawing also bears comparison with the interior view of St.
Enneamond Alexandre Petitot, Giovanni Batista Piranesi, Giovanni Paolo Pannini, drawing

A rare modernist poster

Niklaus Stoecklin was one of a group of early 20th century Swiss graphic designers including Emile Cardinaux, Otto Morach, and Otto Baumberger who originally trained as painters. While many of these early graphic designers celebrated the Swiss landscape, Stoecklin, with the Germans Ludwig Hohlwein  and Burkhard Mangold, focused on manufactured and industrial good and products.
Niklaus Stoecklin, graphic design

Communication Man

Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg were born in Moscow, in 1899 and 1900. They attended the Stroganov School of Applied Art and took classes in military engineering. In the early 1920s they joined with other artists including Alexander Rodchenko in an exhibition of Constructivist sculpture and painting. The Stenbergs' contributions were non objective sculptures of glass, metal, wire, and wood showing lines and planes floating in space. Their earliest graphic design efforts were for the theater which the Soviet state supported as a powerful propaganda tool. They provided inventive and graphic costumes and sets for the Moscow Chamber Theater productions by George Bernard Shaw, Eugene O'Neill and Bertolt Brecht. In one case they included the names of the characters running down the sides of their costumes.
Vladimir Stenberg, Georgii Stenberg, Moscow, Stroganov School of Applied Art, Alexander Rodchenko, posters, theater