Pioneering the utopian future

The song lyric, “I believe the children are our future, teach them well and let them lead the way” (famously popularized by Whitney Houston in 1985) holds surprising resonance with this 1976 poster for The Young Pioneer Organization of the Soviet Union.
poster, Propoganda, Soviet Union, offset lithograph, Valdimir Lenin, slogan

A Maternal Touch for Refugees

At the beginning of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the population of refugees increased rapidly. Among them were thousands of children who had evacuated to other European countries, such as the USSR and France, however, many stayed under the support of the Republican government of Spain. By 1937, government- funded housing welcomed refugee and orphaned communities. This poster most likely recognizes the Republic’s effort to promote residential support for children throughout the war.
poster, Spanish Civil War, Propoganda, spain, lithograph, Children, family, maternal, nurturing, refugee

The Theater. Very Parco.

Eiko Ishioka was a prolific and revolutionary designer. She contributed enormously to the fields of art direction, graphic design, production, as well as costume design for film, theater and opera. Based in part on her innovative work for the Japanese cosmetic manufacturing company, Shiseido, Ishioka was hired as the chief art director for a new breed of Japanese department store called Parco. The establishment was centered on the philosophy that the Japanese youth needed a platform to establish their identity in connection with the rest of the world, particularly the West.
poster, graphic design, Japan, lithograph, Eiko Ishioka, Parco, shopping, theater, advertising

Back to 1983!

Tune up your flux-capacitor and take a trip back to 1984. Macintosh computers are making their first appearance and causing waves across industries, especially the design market. Devoted to traditional methods, most designers are skeptical of integrating computers into design practices. They fear that the creative ability of the hand will be usurped by a plastic box full of wires and bytes… What is to become of design when these emerging technologies threaten the very survival of human imagination?
April Greiman, poster, graphic design, offset lithograph, Los Angeles, Wolfgang Weingart, typography, technology

Exercising Their Rights

Propaganda posters are among the most important documents remaining from the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). These posters are vivid testimonies depicting the social and political landscape that endured throughout Spain’s unrest.  Propaganda was seen on almost every building, disseminating messages against Fascism, military recruitment, and even the emancipation of women. These social agendas represented new realities for Spain, especially in the communication between men and women.
Propoganda, poster, graphic design, feminism, spain, Spanish Civil War, athletics, camp, Fascusm, emancipation

Levi's Design Stands the Test of Time

Who can forget those 1990’s Levi’s commercials – marketing sex appeal, celebrity fashion, romance and rock ‘n’ roll style!  Instilling marketing slogans like “Originals stand the test of time” and “The more you wash them the better they get,” Levi’s jeans are an iconic image of American culture and style.
poster, graphic design, advertising, Levi's, Levi Strauss, jeans, Denim, clothing, California

An Operatic Movie Poster

To the western reader, graphic design of the early Soviet period carries a mysterious and even hyperactive aggressive effect. This feeling can certainly be attributed to the foreignness of the Cyrillic script, with its thick strokes, bold outlines, staggered and almost rudimentary spacing. When it’s illegible, the Russian alphabet bares some similarities to the Roman one, yet its curious backward glyphs and symbols make it just strange enough to see the makings of more eastern alphabets, like the Chinese character.
poster, graphic design

Bad Things Come in Large Packages

The color palette of contrasting red, black and white symbolized Russia’s Communist Revolution and represent the polarities in ideologies between the Socialist Reds and the Whites of the aristocracy. This Constructivist theory of art as political message was brilliantly depicted in El Lissitzky’s Beat the Whites With The Red Wedge, 1919.
poster, graphic design, advertising, Socialism, Russian Constructivism, Communism, Poland, Russia, red

Visual Verbal Wit

The ITF Internationale Tentoonstelling op Filmgebied (International film exhibition) poster is an unusual advertisement. The subject of the poster - an educational exhibition on the history of film, new technologies, screening (all film types including the avant-garde) and all other facets to the world of film – is reflected in the poster’s execution.
Piet Zwart, poster, graphic design, film, typography

Pushing Beyond the Frame

This poster, entitled Big Nudes, was originally displayed in 1967 at the School of Visual Arts Gallery in Gramercy to announce an exhibition of large nude paintings. This poster is the work of American graphic designer and illustrator Milton Glaser. Glaser has designed more than 400 posters, record-covers, illustrations, magazine covers and advertisements throughout his prolific and diverse career.
Milton Glaser, graphic design, poster, advertising, Exhibition, nude, offset lithography