Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Love from Judy


Brochure cover for Ashton-Under-Lynne's ABC Theatre production of Love from Judy by Emile Littler. Designer unknown, March 1969.

PVC for bottles and containers


Promotional booklet cover by ICI (circa late 1960s). Designer unknown.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Stanley William Hayter

These images are all from 'New Ways of Gravure' by Stanley William Hayter (1949. Routledge & Kegan Paul Limited).

Cinq Personnages by Stanley William Hayter (1946)

Josef Albers (Homage to the Square)

Homage to the Square (30" x 30". 1957)

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

12 x Photographs by Man Ray


"There is no progress in art, any more than there is progress in making love. There are simply different ways of doing it." - Many Ray, 1948.

Man Ray. (1890 – 1976). Or maybe Emmanuel Radnitzky. 'Simply a brilliant modernist', says Wikipedia, and I say, yes, that little, is true.

The Penrose Annual 1956 (Part 3. American Graphic Design)


This is part 2 of a series about The Penrose Annual 1956 (See Part 1 for further details about the book).

The Penrose Annual 1956 (Part 2. London School of Printing)


This is part 2 of a series about The Penrose Annual 1956 (See Part 1 for further details about the book).

The Penrose Annual 1956 (Part 1. Post Office Printing)


The Penrose Annual, ran from 1895 to 1982. It was a London based yearly review of the graphic arts.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Graphis Annual '66/67 Part 1


I picked up a pile of well thumbed Graphis Annuals last week - 1954, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967 and 1977. I spent many an hour, many years ago, at Manchester's All Saints Library, photocopying and lusting after these. So it was a pleasant surprise to find a huge pile that could now sit next to my desk.

László Moholy-Nagy


Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Posters by Milton Glaser (1966-1971)


Milton Glaser (born 1929) is responsible for the I ♥ NY logo, of course. But enough about that.

Milton, along with Seymour Chwast, Reynold Ruffins & Edward Sorel founded the New Youk based Push Pin Studios in 1954. He later went on to form his his own Milton Glaser Inc in 1974.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Adolphe Mouron Cassandre - Bifur promotional brochure


There are some things you expect to find at your local flea market. And some things you do not. This little beauty, belongs to the later category. This is a marketing brochure (circa 1930-40?) for Adolphe Mouron Cassandre's avant-garde typeface Bifur.

Monday, 11 April 2011

Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver - The Wind Has Wings


These illustrations are all by Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver (1939–1985). They are taken from The Wind Has Wings - Poems from Canada (1969, Oxford University Press, Canadian Branch). The book is a compilation of various poems for children by some fifty Canadian poets. The book won the 1971 Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award.

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Piet Zwart

I cut these out from a magazine many years ago, and so the information is a little sparse for them. But, they are reproductions of pages from a 1930 type specimens by the printers N.V Drukkerij, which was based in The Hague, Netherlands. The first is by Piet Zwart (1885 – 1977).

Friday, 8 April 2011

Rumble Fish - Francis Ford Coppola (1983)

Twisted Nerve (1968) - Campaign book & film poster



Below is the cover of the campaign book for the 1968 British 'Horror' film Twisted Nerve. It's not a wholly interesting film, per say, quite dated and occasionally politically incorrect. It's not particularly scary either, but it does star Hayley Mills (1946-), and has a remarkable soundtrack by the legendary Bernard Herrmann (1911 – 1975) - the whistling tune used also in Tarrantino's Kill Bill (2003-4).

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Peter Max - the godfather of cosmic art


Peter Max (1937-) was one of the first 'poster artists' whose work I became aware of. This is in thanks to him being one of the few artists to have a full colour plate within John Barnicoat's Posters (A Concise History) - Thames and Hudson (1988), and that being the first design book I owned.

Jiří Trnka's illustrations for Peter And The Wolf (1964)


I'm in Czechoslovakia again with this entry, and with another children's book. This one is a graphic novel, so to speak, of Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf. And like Kubasta's The Brave Tin Soldier, it was originally produced by the Czech communist government run book company ARTIA. This is a 1965 Hamlyn English version. It was awarded a bronze medal in recognition of it's design.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Vojtech Kubasta - Czech pop-up


This is one of four late 60s / early 70s Eastern European children's pop-up books that I found for 10p each at my local charity shop a few years ago. This gives the impression that my local charity shops excel in literary treasures, but no, this was a blip in quality and most are full of unread copies of dirge like Bridget Jones & Tony Parsons.

Friday, 1 April 2011

Jan Pienkowski's The Kingdom Under The Sea


This is something I found in Stockport's fantastic monthly Vintage Village fair. It was from Agnes Darling's stall, and she deserves a mention, as I seem to find something great there every month.

The Kingdom Under The Sea is a 100 page children's book first published by Jonathan Cape in 1971. It is Joan Aiken's retelling of 11 traditional Eastern European folk tales (some of which are based on Ivana Berlic-Mazuranic's 'Croatian Tales of Long Ago', a book I know nothing about, but I imagine should be worth tracking down too).