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Raymond Hawkey: Designer

31 Aug

Or, when newspaper and book cover design ruled.

Graphic designer Raymond Hawkey, who revolutionized graphic design through his innovative, and imitated, design of newspapers and book covers, has died at age 80. Let’s resist the urge to describe him in Mad Men terms. Seems we now want to do that with anyone who worked in the field of design in the second half of the 20th century. Instead, see how he changed the look of design via his approach to book cover design for Len Deighton and Ian Fleming, for starters.

Raymond Hawkey

Raymond Hawkey with Eero Saarinen furniture from 1956. Photograph: ©TopFoto


Mike Dempsey has a good overview, images, and first-person account in his post on Hawkey here.

Betsey Johnson continues to inspire me

16 Aug

Betsey Johnson continues to inspire me

Love the enduring individuality of Betsey! As a college student and budding artwear designer, she was among my favorite, and most inspiring, designers. I still have some of the Alley Cat pieces I scored at the time. Her work was always fun, brave and energetic, and even though I’ve all but retired my sewing machine and migrated to graphic design, I’m still inspired.

Girl just wants to have fun, and I hope I’m having this much fun at 68, and beyond. Brava!

Betsey Johnson

Betsey Johnson

http://www.colourlovers.com/fashion/blog/2010/08/16/betsey-johnsons-colorful-career

Doll Hospital Photos

16 Aug

Heads in glasses, piles of arms, cracked faces. There is little in life more creepy and bizarre and cool than piles of old doll parts. This series of photos taken in a doll hospital, Docteur Poupée, on the stock photo site tofz.org, has it all. The site is peppered with whimsical and artistic photos from European and US locales. A great resource of off the beaten path images. Have fun exploring.

See and download the full gallery on posterous

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