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Georges Remi – The cartoonist behind “Tintin”

Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi wrote 24 bande desinées (comic albums) called The Adventures of Tintin, under the pen-name Hergé. These comic albums are considered some of the most popular and acclaimed comic works of the 20th century. The protagonist, a young boy named Tintin, is ostensibly Hergé himself, or a manifestation of him. At first, […]

Tadanori Yokoo

Tadanori Yokoo is one of Japan’s most successful graphic designers, printmakers, and painters. His designs embody personal exposure as well as particular emblems of Japanese culture. He is greatly influenced by Push Pin Studios, a post-WWII graphic design studio (founded in 1954 by Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast), which presented simplicity with comic book design […]

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Otto Hupp

Otto Hupp was a German graphic designer whose predilection was mostly for heraldry, painting more than 6,000 coats of arms and writing books on the topic. In addition to painting existing coats of arms, he also created various drafts for municipalities that were applying for and awaiting new coats of arms; his most famous design […]

Irma Boom

Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom, dubbed “the queen of books,” specializes in making and designing books, having over 300 creations to her name so far. Her books are dominant in their architectural form, and she sees them as a conduit for the delivery of information. A thorough investigation of the book’s content inspires her designs […]

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El Lissitzky

Lazar Markovich Lissitzky was a Russian artist of Lithuanian-Jewish origin. Skilled in a variety of fields, including photography, graphic design, and typography, Lissitzky was a groundbreaking figure in the Russian avant-garde movement in the early 20th century, which was also the period of his artistic heyday. He started his career illustrating Yiddish children’s books in […]

Le Corbusier

Good and inspirational design is eternal. Some artists have the ability to transcend time and touch the hearts of many generations with their artistic visions. One example of a timeless designer is Charles-Édouard Jeanneret. He renamed himself Le Corbusier (inspired by his grandfather’s name, Lecorbésier) in 1920, when it was trendy for artists in Paris […]

Henryk Tomaszewski

Henryk Tomaszewski was an award-winning Polish graphic designer, poster artist, and the father of the Polish Poster School, which combined the aesthetics of paintings with the succinctness of design, and was particularly popular in the 1950s through the 1980s. The School put at the forefront the characteristics of linear quality, vibrant colors and the idiosyncratic […]

Jan Tschichold

When talking about typography and graphic design, one cannot ignore the phenomenal, subversive influence of Jan Tschichold. A German book designer, calligrapher, typographer, and artist at heart, Tschichold was one of the most influential 20th-century figures in the field, forever changing the path of graphic design and typography. In 1923, Tschichold presented his works in […]

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George Nakashima as an emblem of American and Japanese coexistence

When it comes to interior design no one was better at uplifting our spirits and beautifying our most intimate sanctuary – our home – than George Nakashima. A Japanese-American designer, carpenter and architect, Nakashima was a 20th-century woodworking maven, one who didn’t abide by the mainstream perception of interior design and managed to combine beauty, […]

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Ladislav Sutnar Lit the Torch

The Czech graphic designer, Ladislav Sutnar (1897-1976), put information into action using visual design. He created order in chaos, by making function, form, and flow work together in a simple way that reduced complexity and intensified understanding. He blazed a path forward for graphic design to transmit large amounts of information much, much quicker. Trained […]