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Milton Glaser

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2011 at 4:18 am

Milton Glaser is a famous graphic designer, born on June 26th, 1929 in New York City. Throughout his career he has had a major impact on contemporary illustration and design. His work is characterized by directness, simplicity and originality. He uses any medium or style to solve the problem at hand. His style ranges wildly from primitive to avant garde in his countless book jackets, album covers, advertisements and direct mail pieces and magazine illustrations. He is best known for his “I Love New York” logo, his “Bob Dylan” poster, the “DC Bullet” logo used by DC Comics from 1977 to 2005 and the “Brooklyn Brewery” logo.

He was educated at Manhattan’s High School of Music & Art, graduated from the Cooper Union in 1951 and later, via a Fullbright Scholarship, the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna under Giorgio Morandi. He was greatly inspired by his sister’s partner, who studied typography at a great depth at the current time. In 1954 he created Push Pin Studios.

In 1974, he started his own studio, Milton Glaser, Inc. This led to his involvement with an increasingly wide diversity of projects, ranging from the design of New York Magazine, of which he was a co-founder, to a 600-foot mural for the Federal Office Building in Indiannapolis.

His work has won numerous awards from Art Directors Clubs, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Society of Illustrators and the Type Directors Club. In 1979 he was made Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and his work is included in the MOMA, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Israel Museum and the Musee de l’affiche in Paris. Glaser has taught at both the School of Visual Arts and at Cooper Union in New York City. He is a member of Alliance Graphique International (AGI).

Today, his design studio is still producing work in a wide range of design disciplines, including corporate identities, environmental and interior design,  packaging and product design.

His work, apart from being exhibited all around the world, is now represented in the permanent collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; the National Archive, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.; and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York.

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Jon Burgerman

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Jon Burgerman is an English artist and illustrator. He was born August 8, 1979, in Nottingham, UK. He studied art foundation in Bournville, Birmingham, England, and then Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University. Burgerman has worked on artwork for a race-track on Sony’s WipEout Pure Playstation Portable video game and the book, Hello Duudle, made with Danish artist Sune Ehlers. He has produced designs for exhibition at the Science Museum in London, the Game On exhibition (2006-2007), and an exhibition about the Large Hadron Collider. He has collaborated with Media Molecule on DLC for Little Big Planet. In 2009, Burgerman teamed up with USTWO, a London based company, to create an iPhone application called Inkstrumental.

His doodles have adorned t-shirts, snowboards, magazine covers, books, toys, computer games and airplane sick-bags. Working freelance enables him to snooze through most of the day; he is at heart a very lazy person. In an interview he said:

“Drawing has played a really important part in my life. As a kid, I vividly remember using my leftover food to make castles and draw weird creatures on my plate. I then outgrew my plate and moved on to bigger things: my house walls, to my parents dismay. After many canings and sore asses, during my teenage years, I used to draw in all of my borrowed and passed down school books, leaving a legacy of doodles and scribbling in it. I also used to draw comics that my younger sister would read and subsequently embarrass me by showing the drawings to my family, girlfriends and yes, total strangers. And now, at the tender age of 29, I still find myself drawing on my doors, walls and unimaginable places, mostly to pass time. I never could take drawing or doodling seriously because quite frankly people don’t take my drawings and doodles seriously, and I can’t blame them because I’m quite hopeless at it! But alas, I take pride in introducing someone who makes a living out of it: Jon Burgerman.”
WOW! his work is super sick. I love it. I love the cartoons and I just had to make one of his works my background. So colorful and fun. I love how all the characters and shapes are so closely related and connected, yet so different from each other at the same time.

Wim Crouwel

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2011 at 6:55 pm

Born in Groningen, Netherlands  in 1928, Willem Hendrik Crouwel is a Dutch graphic designer and typographer. He is a modernist and functionalist. Crouwel’s graphic work is especially well known for the use of grid-based layouts and typography that is rooted in the International Typographic style. He studied fine arts at Academie Minerva in Groningen and he studied typography at what is now the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam. After art school he became a painter leaning towards expressionism. As a designer he felt related to the Bauhaus ideas, the swiss-inspired international style. He was fascinated by the rational aspect in Bauhaus typography.

During his career, he founded the design studio Total Design, now known as Total Identity and designed posters, catalogues and exhibitions for the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.  In the years he worked in this design studio, he designed many geometric wordmarks, one of which is the wordmark for the Rabobank, designed in 1973. The lettershapes have been influenced by the fact that the wordmark had to be used as a 3D light box. After the 3D application was finalized, the 2D design for print was adapted from it. He is also responsible for the creation of many typefaces, including New Alphabet, Fodor, and Gridnik.

Apart from his work as a graphic designer, he also worked as a teacher at the Royal Academy of art and Design in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and at the predecessor of what is now the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. For many years, he also dealt with the department of industrial design f the Delft University of Technology. He was also a professor  in the fields of History, Arts and Culture Studies at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and director of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.

Today, Crouwel still is an active member of the Dutch graphic design scene as an advisor in Total Design. It has more than 150 designers spread among 6 cities. Their recent work can be found on  http://www.totalidentity.com/

John Alvin

In Uncategorized on November 3, 2011 at 4:44 am

John Alvin was an American cinematic artist and painter.He was born on November 24th, 1948 in Hyannis, Massachusetts. His interest in movie posters began in his early life, and he graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles in 1971.

During his career, he worked with high profile film studios such as New Line Cinema, Warner Brothers Entertainment and Disney Studios. He created more than 135 movie posters and illustrated some of the world’s most well known ones. Some of them include E.T., Blade Runner, Aladdin, and Beauty and the Beast.  He also created numerous masterpieces in Disney Fan Art, which are highly collected and considered extremely valuable.

In recent years, he began to focus more on cinematic fine art. His most recent work was as an artistic contributor to the campaign of the Disney film, Enchanted, which was released in November 2007.

His work can be found all around us, but specifically, one of his posters, The Phantom of the Paradise, was selected by the National Collection of Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Museum and the Museum of Modern Art to be included in “Images of an Era (1945-1975),” a collection of posters that toured Europe as part of the US Bicentennial under the auspices of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.