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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.

Print design shines!

24 Aug

Print design shines!

Thanks to The Paper Mill Store for featuring my work on their Graphic Design Showcase. They chose to spotlight the Design Planner I designed for Trilogy Pools.

Trilogy Design Planner by Tomato Graphics

Trilogy Design Planner by Tomato Graphics

Design Planner for Trilogy Poo

Muttfest 2010 Poster

12 Jul

In honor of the “Barko de Mayo” theme of the Amarillo SPCA’s 2010 fundraiser, Muttfest, I created El Barko. He was seen around town on the poster, and looked fine on the fiesta-colored tshirts, too. Most of my poster projects are for non-profit events.

Barko de Mayo poster

Leandro Castelao

16 Dec

Simple shapes and modern colors become elegantly simple illustrations from Argentine designer Leandro Castelao. Reminiscent of ’50s design in his use of shapes and colors at times.

Perpetual Calendar

2 Nov

Great idea for and execution of perpetual calendar. Reminds me to slow down and look at the everyday number and letter. I’m inspired!

Posted via web from toptomato’s posterous

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