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Rudolph de Harak

US designer Rudolph de Harak (1924 – 2002) is mostly known for his book covers and for the album sleeves of Westminster Records. His magnum opus is considered the 1960’s design for McGraw-Hill paperbacks which brought him to produce nearly 350 covers on a multiplicity of subjects ranging from philosophy to science, anthropology and psychology.

His interpretation of each subject is always subtle and innovative as he experimented with a variety of visual arts styles such as op-art as well as abstract expressionism or conceptual art or even Max Bill’s Swiss modernism.

His main effort is to continuously reduce the number of forms and colors and to limit the number of typefaces in order to better express complex notions and concepts. The covers are devoid of any straightforward symbolism and they usually show an abstract quality, far from being mere illustrations of an idea.

Via SOCKS.

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Iris

A beautiful poster for Albert Maysles’s new movie Iris.

Via The English Group.

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Vintage Italian ink posters

Vintage Italian ink posters

A couple of beautiful vintage posters promoting Italian companies that made ink.

Via Italian Ways.

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Piz Nair

Vintage poster for the Piz Nair skiing area in St Moritz, Switzerland, c.1950 by Wolfgang  Hausmann.

Via Modernizor.

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Harpers Bazaar, 1949

Cover of Harpers Bazaar, July 1949.

Via Modernizor.

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Japanese 007 Thunderball poster

Japanese posters are always better.

Via Honey Rider.

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Pittsburg visible writing machine

The Pittsburg visible-writing machine (1895-1917).

AKA a typewriter.

Part of the NYPL’s Turn-of-the-Century Posters collection.

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Sweden Sans

Sweden Sans

Söderhavet develop Sweden Sans, a national font for Sweden.

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Pye

Illustration by Archie Dickens for Pye Radio and Television, c.1950s.

Via Honey Rider.

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Typeface Mechanics

Tobias Frere-Jones reflects on the nuances of the “overshoot”, among other topics related to the logic and optics of type design, in Typeface Mechanics.

Via Quipsologies.

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