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Josef Müller-Brockmann: Pioneer of Swiss graphic design.

All of my designer readers most likely carry on a rather intimate relationship with Josef Müller-Brockmann. But, for those of you who aren’t so lucky, allow me to make the necessary introductions. Born in Rapperswil, Switzerland in 1914, Müller-Brockmann would later go on to become known as the Pioneer of Swiss Graphic Design. As explained in Eye Magazine:

By the 1950s [Müller-Brockmann] was established as the leading practitioner and theorist of the Swiss Style, which sought a universal graphic expression through a grid-based design purged of extraneous illustration and subjective feeling.

JM-B did an interview with Eye Magazine for their Winter 1995 issue,  just one year prior to his passing. In the interview, the innovative Swiss designer was asked what order meant to him:

Order was always wishful thinking for me. For 60 years I have produced disorder in files, correspondence and books. In my work, however, I have always aspired to a distinct arrangement of typographic and pictorial elements, the clear identification of priorities. The formal organisation of the surface by means of the grid, a knowledge of the rules that govern legibility (line length, word and letter spacing and so on) and the meaningful use of colour are among the tools a designer must master in order to complete his or her task in a rational and economic manner.

The grid, the prioritization and arrangement of typographic and pictorial elements, the meaningful use of color… Observe the Swiss mastery below:

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Throwback Thursday: Film Packaging

Vintage film packaging borrowed from Maraid’s Flickr stream:

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Super 8mm Film Title Cards

Recently found these on Maraid’s extensively awesome, ephemera-heavy Flickr stream:

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The poster designs of Sven Brasch

Sven Brasch (1886-1970) is undoubtedly the most highly revered Danish poster designer. From his movie posters to his commercial designs, here’s why:

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All images borrowed from Confetta’s Sven Brasch Flickr set. Click over to see more than 60 other Brasch goodies!

Images from the Typeface film website…

I just posted about the new typographically-centered documentary, Typeface, over on my other blog, PauvrePlume. The tagline to the film will reel you in immediately:

Charting the intersection of rural America and contemporary graphic design.

See? Yeah, you know you want it. So head over to my other blog for more info on the film and its focus, and look below for a bunch of lovely images and film poster designs, all borrowed from the film’s official website.

Just looking at them makes me want to cry in my pillow that I can’t make the Portland premiere on Thursday night. GRR!

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French Friday: Truffaut movie posters

I am a big François Truffaut fan. BIG. I just finished the final film of the Antoine Doinel series (which began with the benchmark film, Les 400 coups / 400 Blows), and now I’m sad. Not unlike when I watched the series finale of Arrested Development. Or Freaks and Geeks.

So, I felt it appropriate to display my cyber-homage to the movie master for today’s installment of French Friday.

I have gathered all of the original French film posters (sometimes more than one per film, if I deemed said poster truly stellar) from my preferred selections of the Truffaut oeuvre.

Enjoy.

*Notes:

1. The first two posters are oddly similar. I couldn’t decide between them. Doinel looks a bit too orange in the first one, but the rest of the poster is a more accurate portrayal of his character in the movie. In the second one it looks like he just stepped out of the Walton household. John-boy?

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2. Yes, I know Breathless was directed by Godard. But Truffaut wrote the screenplay, so I still think it counts.

OK, NOW enjoy.

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My high school French teacher showed this last film to us in high school, which resulted in months on end of ma meilleure amie and I screeching, “LAIT!” If you’ve seen it, you’ll know why.

Wordshop Wednesday: Two Guitars

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I just came across Two Guitars on Etsy. I guarantee you that you’ll fall for one or more of their Gocco creations. If I could bet you, I would. But I ain’t a gamblin’ girl.

But seriously. Check them out:

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Two Guitars is the brainchild of Scott Ballard, who doubles as a filmmaker. Check out his infinitely interesting film blog HERE.