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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.

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

Lillian Bassman’s artistic life

19 Jul

Lillian Bassman lives a creative and artistic life on her own terms. Not chasing trends, or working for posterity. Does anyone live a life like this anymore? An inspiring story of a creative life well-lived.

Lillian Bassman, 92, at home in Manhattan. In recent years she has reconfigured fashion photographs that she discarded in the 1970s. (Damon Winter/The New York Times) More Photos »

Tiny plastic people: great big world

6 Jul

Scale is a challenging element to work with in design. Photographer Vincent Bousserez uses scale to put his tiny people in big world situations with charming results. The tension and intensity of their actions is enhanced with very close-up photography. We like watching these people deal with their worlds.

Work like this reminds me to readjust the lens I use to see the world, and revel in a willing suspension of belief.

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