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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.

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.

Flip Book Animation

29 Oct

Action-packed, hand-rendered sketches compiled into a flip book. Lots of stories could be told: this is one of them.

Posted via web from toptomato’s posterous

Share Some Candy:

28 Oct

Creative alphabets via Endless ideas for repurposing the everyday can be triggered when we pay attention to what’s around us.

Naive Art: John Woolley

29 Sep

Collection of work by the very talented and prolific 10 year old, John Woolley. I love the one with his comment: “Have you ever noticed the pattern on an Oreo before?” Appeals to my love of naive art. Having said that, I think his talent is native, more than it is naive. Posted via web from toptomato’s posterous. All rights reserved. Uploaded on Aug 30, 2009 via


'' THE BARN '' by John Woolley / 10 years old by artistjohnwoolley