Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Polish poster (a little history)

Franciszek Starowieyski, poster for the film House under the Rocks

The socio-historical context in which the Polish Style of Poster Design flourished, consisted of oppression, regulatory rigidity, and censorship. Poland’s leading artists, professors of art, design and architecture focused their passion on one art form, the cultural advertising poster. To the people, poster art in the streets -on walls, fences and kiosks, represented hope, and the only beauty visible in their otherwise gray landscape.

The paradox of artists doing their best work under oppressive conditions arose from the demanding negotiation between Professor Henryk Tomaszewski and the Russian government at the end of WWII. Cultural Officials wanted the artists to create posters to promote cultural events such as imported U.S. films -Tomaszewski insisted, that to gain his support, and that of the artistic community and universities, the visual imagery created by the poster designers could not be censored or made to conform to the prevailing social realism style.

An agreement was reached, and a renaissance creating a new visual language using symbolism and metaphor was born. Through international biennales and graphic design competitions, Polish posters attracted international acclaim, and became one of the art world’s great stories of creativity. The recent film festival officially selected documentary film Freedom On The Fence pays tribute to this inspiring art history and homage to the now deceased decades of artists that produced these works.
(Notes: Rosenberg Collection)

Sunday, November 13, 2016

your turn #8

(above the pitch of Saul Bass to ATT for its logo redesign -watch and learn)

there's plenty to discuss: Lubalin, symbol signage, Stankowski's metadesign, Swiss Topography Style, advertising, propaganda, Bass film title design, Alvin Lustig, pre logo, logo, the logo masters: Rand, Bass, Chermayeff & Geismar. 

go ahead,

Saturday, November 5, 2016

your turn #7

alexander liberman, vogue, 1950

we took a sweep at graphic design in between the wars: the liberatyed woman of the roaring 20's, the suffragist backlash. the stars of european graphic design: a.m. cassandre, lester beal, joseph binder, agha, liberman, mcnight kauffer, piet zmart, herbert matter, alex brodovith, the design force of neoplasticism, surrealism in cinema, poster goes to war, normal rockwell, margaret bourke white's photos, public health design, informational analysis design, design reportage... 

a lot to process. pick your favorite.