Category Archives: Poster&Graphic Art

RENÉ VINCENT—A DECO ARTIST WITH A DIFFERENCE!

One of the most prolific and accomplished French graphic designers of the art deco era (1910-1940) was René Vincent (1879-1936). What I like most about his work is its rootedness in bodies and objects of palpable heft, in contrast to … Continue reading

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THE COLOR AGENDA OF VINTAGE LITHOGRAPHIC POSTERS

Lithography is an endlessly fascinating phenomenon; and not the least of its attractions is its delivery of eye and heart-popping coloration. The poster shown, is by one of the great lithographic colorists, Roger Broders. Here the upshot is a diversion … Continue reading

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AUSTIN COOPER’S FASCINATING BOOK , MAKING A POSTER

The career of graphic designer, Austin Cooper (1890-1964), may be characterized as enacting how British Canadians were, less than a hundred years ago. Born in the farming village of Souris, Manitoba, he hopped over to Montreal, and then to London, … Continue reading

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HIGH DRAMA— DANGEROUSLY THRILLING MOMENTS IN VINTAGE GRAPHICS

                                  Harper’s Bazaar (March, 1940) A.M. CassandreFashion that was really edgy! Here we behold the business of exciting beauty coming up against the shadows of death-dealing military forces. Staying cool in face of the horror of the imminent Nazi Occupation, … Continue reading

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THE PROS ARE GETTING YOUNGER AND YOUNGER: TORONTO’S OCADU GRAD SHOW

One of the graphic design participants at last weekend’s Ontario College of Art and Design University grad show (quite a mouthful, but also quite a handful) was a bright and charming young woman with whom we spent a while expressing … Continue reading

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POSTERS AND PUBLICITY 1929—MORE AND MORE MARVELS

Extending beyond the delicious color priorities of the 1928 edition, the process here, in the production of one year later, applies itself to compositional matters. Here the poster for the Vienna Fair gives us a convening of stylized, streamlined ship, … Continue reading

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POSTERS & PUBLICITY 1928: A FEAST OF COLOR, AND INVENTION!

One of the great gift parcels, coming to us from the efforts of graphic design annuals, consists of chromatically rich lithographic renditions (on deluxe paper) of poster art, in the British series, Posters and Publicity. The instance here, by the … Continue reading

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LIFE AT SEA: NAUTICAL GRAPHICS THAT STAY ON COURSE!

                              Crociere Estate (1935) Gino Boccasile;11″ x 8 1/4″;B+,P There is something hard to describe but quite overwhelming about vintage graphics that capture the play of light on the high seas. The figure shown here could have caught some rays … Continue reading

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BIG AND BOLD: LARGE FORMAT CLASSIC POSTER ART

                   Deauville 1920s Jean-Gabriel Domergue;47 3/4″ x 64 3/4″;A, LOur commitment to small-format graphic design brilliance is unwavering; but we also know that voluminous graphic presence facilitates rewards unattainable by modest scale. Need a jump-start after a tangled day? How … Continue reading

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NO BUSINESS FOR OLD MEN–THE EFFERVESCENCE OF GEBRAUCHSGRAPHIK

There are many ways of fathoming and enjoying graphic design from that arresting era when lithography was the primary innovative medium. One quite marvellous way we have not until now considered is the phenomenon of deluxe periodicals whereby exponents of … Continue reading

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