Post war impact on design

A documentary explaining the impact of post world war II on design and design for the masses.

Roman Cieslewicz

As promised, I wanted to present several Polish designers that were adding their unique visual language to the graphic design world in the middle of last century. one outstanding designer, particularly in poster design with his expressive illustrative style was Roman Cieslewicz.

Roman Cieslewicz (1930-1996). 1949-54 studied at Cracow Academy of Fine Arts. Specialized in poster and display designing. Worked as book and magazine designer. Since 1962 lived in France where he worked as art director of “Vogue”, “Elle” and “Mafia” – advertising agency. He was artistic creator of “Opus International” and “Kitsch”. Member of AGI [International Graphic Association].


Building a chocolate brand

An insight into the thinking process behind developing a brand for a product, here, one of my favorites – chocolate. A film about the brand and design development for a San Francisco chocolate company, TCHO, with commentary explaining the design process through to the applications of the brand.

How do you build a chocolate brand? from edenspiekermann_ on Vimeo.

Drawing and thinking with Milton Glaser

If you haven’t go it by now, I really do love the old school attitude for design – the hands on craft, the line making, the cutting of paper, the texture and fluidity of pen and paper and the masters of design present this as they come from a world that predates the computer where the designer had to rely more on the basics.

A short film by C Coy with Milton Glaser talking through his thoughts on drawing – we presume that the hand that is drawing is his!

Milton Glaser draws & lectures from C. Coy on Vimeo.

Sagmeister at TEDS

Stefan Sagmeister has certainly placed himself as one of the most influential designers of our time, and for me, I think the inspiration is in his attitude towards his working life – his view on managing his life to ensure that he has time to investigate and discover his creativity and step away from the restraints that client work can bring – though he rarely appears to struggle with that!

Here Stefan talks of his approach to work and taking, what has now become synonymous with him, a year off every 7 years to explore his creativity – it works for him, obviously, but I think the rest of us have a long way to go to reach this level!

Conversations with Paul Rand

More on Paul Rand from Paul Rand

Ty i Ja

Ty i Ja or ‘You and I’ magazine, was a 64 pp publication first published in Warsaw, Poland in 1959 and saw it end in the 1980s after constant censorship pressures.

The magazine was published monthly and was the only publication of its kind in Poland that discussed literature, science, design, poetry, fashion and graphic art. The covers featured expressive and impressive examples of modern design and illustration and would feature works from prominent Polish designers of the time, including Roman Cieslewicz, Eryk Lipinski and Henryk Tomaszewski.

We don’t often hear of the role of Poland in the history of visual design and this publication goes far to tell their story – I’ll be including entries on these designers soon.


Read more on the publication here

George Giusti



Who’s got time to blog these days? The frequency has dropped off I do apologies! I couldn’t resist featuring the work of George Giusti though, I think i have fallen in love with the expressive, hand crafted work of the 50s – it’s so beautiful and hits me int he heart, and if I am going to feature the likes of Paul Rand, Milton Glaser and Fortune Magazine then I have to include George.

Here are just a small set of samples from his very long and prosperous career – since I have little time to write in my own words – here is a morphing of several articles describing his career:

George Giusti (1908-1991) studied at the Brera Academy of Arts in Milan and practised design there until moving to Switzerland in 1928. On a visit to the US in 1938, he was enticed to stay and work with Herbert Matter on the Swiss Pavilion for the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

For more than four decades in America, and before that in Italy and Switzerland, George Giusti’s graphic designs have graced the covers of Time, Fortune, Holiday and other major magazines, as well as most of the publications of the United States Information Agency. He has done advertising and graphic designs, illustrations, trademarks, client and employee publications, and package designs for major corporations. He served for ten years as art consultant to Geigy Pharmaceuticals in the United States and Switzerland.

In all of Giusti’s graphics, he has avoided the classical and sought instead a contemporary, even futuristic effect. He has succeeded to the extent that his designs are consistently ahead of their time.

It is Giusti’s expressed intention to build a bridge between fine art and art for commercial use. He disdains the terms “fine” and “commercial” as defining a distinction which should not exist. Art is art, he believes, whatever its purported use.



While I’m at it showing films of notable designers – here’s a film on Stephan Sagmeister with the launch of his recent book “Things I have learned so far”, with guest comments from other notable designers.

More Milton

With a fresh interest in the masters of design currently going around and realising the wealth of inspirational dialogue they can offer the rest of us we are seeing efforts to capture the their passion, their visions, and ability to sustain a life in design. Following on from my last entry, here is a small interview with Milton Glaser from the Hillman Curtis series.