Bruno Monguzzi

Bruno Monguzzi (1941-) is a Swiss graphic designer.

Monguzzi was born in Switzerland in 1941. After moving to Geneva with his family, he attended the Graphic Design Course at the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs.

In 1960, Monguzzi travelled to London and attended Gestalt psychology, typography and photography courses at Saint Martin’s School of Art and the London College of Printing.

Monguzzi worked with Dennis Bailey in London, then moved to Milan in 1961 to join the Studio Boggeri (which was at the time the leading design and advertising agency in Italy). In 1965, Monguzzi was invited to join the Charles Gagnon and James Volkus office in Montreal. He designed nine pavilions for Expo 67.

In the early 70s, Monguzzi worked independently from his atelier in Meride, Switzerland. He received the Gold Medal from the New York Art Directors Club in 1990, the Yusaku Kamekura Award and various other awards.

In 2003. Monguzzi was awarded the Honorary Royal Designer for Industry distinction by the Royal Society of Arts, London.

Some of his most significant projects include: the visual identity of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris (which is no longer in use), the exhibition “Majakowskij Mejerchold Stanislavskij” at Castello Sforzesco in Milan, and the posters for Museo Cantonale d‘Arte in Lugano (1987-2004).


Thomas H. Geismar

Thomas H. Geismar (1931-) is an American graphic designer.

Born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, Geismar studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. He then received a master’s degree in graphic design from Yale University.

In 1957, Geismar founded the firm Brownjohn, Chermayeff & Geismar (now Chermayeff & Geismar & Haviv) with Robert Brownjohn and Ivan Chermayeff.

Tom Geismar has designed 100+ corporate identity programs for companies such as Xerox, Chase Manhattan Bank, Best Products, Gemini Consulting, PBS, and Mobil.

Geismar has also had major responsibility for many of his firm’s exhibition designs and world’s fair pavilions. He worked on major tourist attractions as the Ellis Island Immigration Museum, the Statue of Liberty Museum, the Truman Presidential Library, etc.

Geismar has been the recipient of several major awards in graphic design, including one of the first Presidential Design Awards for helping to establish a national system of standardized transportation symbols. Geismar also co-wrote 4 graphic design books with other members of his firm.


Carl Dair

Harris Carleton Dair (1912 – 1967), professionally known as Carl Dair, was a Canadian graphic designer, type designer, author and teacher. He was primarily self-taught in design, but was nevertheless internationally known. He developed visual design principles for typography which are still in use today.

Dair was born in Crowland Township in Welland, Ontario. He landed his first creative job when he was 18, creating advertising and layouts for the Stratford Beacon-Herald.

In a partnership with Henry Eveleigh, Dair founded the Dair-Eveleigh Studio which operated from 1947-51 in Montréal, Quebec. There he worked mostly as a freelance designer. During this time he worked for the National Film Board of Canada. He also lectured on typography at the Ontario College of Art between 1959 and 1962. Dair taught at the Jamaica School of Arts and Crafts for two years.

Dair’s book, Design with Type, which described principles of design using typefaces, was published in 1952 and revised in 1967. Design with Type became the first Canadian book to receive the Book of the Year Award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

Dair created a typeface called Cartier, which was commissioned and released for Canada’s 1967 centenary celebrations, to be an identifiable Canadian typeface.

In 1967, he became a fellow in the Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC).

Dair died on a flight from New York City to Toronto on September 28, 1967.


Matt Mahurin

Matt Mahurin (1959-) is an American illustrator, photographer and film director. His illustrations and photographs have appeared in many major publications such as Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, etc.

Mahurin’s work as a photo essayist has covered a wide range of subjects, including homelessness, AIDS, the Texas prison system, abortion clinics, Nicaragua, Belfast and Haiti.

Interesting use of photography, photo manipulation and illustration.

Some of his photographs, including Paris (1984), Clemmons Prison, Texas (1985), Woman’s Face in Darkness (1989), and Texas Prison (1988) are part of the permanent collection in NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

I’m all about this abstract concept

Mahurin has also directed several music videos since 1986, and has worked with U2, Metallica, Jaye Muller, Tracy Chapman, and many other popular music performers.M

One of Mahurin’s signature moves is to photograph himself and perform photo manipulation in his commercial photo-illustration work. Some of these portraits have appeared on magazine covers: On the November 29th 1993 cover of Time, he appears as Sigmund Freud. On the March 14, 1994 cover of Time, he is depicted as a caveman.

I’m more of a fan of his photography than his illustration. This shot is really cool.

Mahurin’s undoubtedly most notorious work is the Time cover of O.J. Simpson. The cover features an altered mugshot on which Mahurin removed the photograph’s colour saturation (inadvertently making Simpson’s skin darker), burned the corners, and reduced the size of the prisoner ID number. His cover appeared on newsstands next to an unaltered copy on the cover of Newsweek. Some controversy over photo manipulation came out of this.

Mahurin’s OJ Simpson cover for Time magazine.

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Chris Van Allsburg

Chris Van Allsburg (1949-) is an American writer and illustrator of children’s books. He attended the College of Architecture and Design at the University of Michigan, majoring in sculpture. During his time at the school, he learned bronze casting, wood carving, and resin molding. After graduating in 1972, he continued his studies at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a master’s degree in sculpture in 1975.

Very nice muted, limited palette. Reminds me of scenery you would see in a Calvin and Hobbes comic.

Van Allsburg set up a sculpture studio on Rhode island after graduation, and worked part-time there, part-time at home. He started writing and illustrating children’s books after his wife told him that his drawings of his ideas had good children’s book potential. H wrote his first book, “The Garden of Abdul Gasazi”, in 1979.

Artwork for the “Jumanji” book. I really like the impression of soft indoor light in this work.

Over the course of his career, Van Allsburg has written and illustrated approximately twenty books. He also illustrated the covers for an edition of C. S. Lewis’s series “The Chronicles of Narnia”, published in 1994. His artwork was featured as well as in three of Mark Helprin’s children’s books.

I’m amazed at how clean these graphite drawings are.

Van Allsburg’s most famous children’s books include “Jumanji”, published in 1981, and “The Polar Express”, published in 1985. Both of these have won Caldecott Medals for U.S. picture book illustration, and were both later adapted into successful motion pictures (which he also worked on as a story writer and executive producer respectively).

One of Allsburg’s fine art pieces. It doesn’t seem like he works much with colour in his children’s books, but I really like this soft palette he’s chosen for this painting.

In 1986, he was a nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award. He also received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Michigan in April 2012.

Page of an illustrated spread in “Zathura”.

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Kinuko Yamabe Craft

Kinoko Yamabe Craft was born in Japan in 1940. She graduated with a degree in fine arts from the Kanazawa College of Art in 1964, then moved to the States and continued her studies in design and illustration at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Pencil Drawing! Better than me haha

After her studies, she worked primarily in the editorial and advertising markets. She is passionate about European fine art and draws inspiration from European art history in creating her work. Leonardo da Vinci, the Pre-Raphaelites, and Symbolist painters are amongst her favourite sources of inspiration. She works in a combination of artist oils and watercolour on clayboard gesso panels.

Craft has illustrated eight children’s picture books in the fantasy and fairy tale genre. Starting in the 1990s, she specialized in creating art for fantasy book jackets. She’s painted book covers for many well-known fantasy authors such as Patricia A. McKillip, Juliet Marillier, and Tanith Lee. Craft has also dabbled in designing opera posters, fairy tale books and cover art for national magazines.

I really love this colour palette. You can really see the influence of Renaissance and Pre-Raphaelite painters here.

In addition to collaborating with a variety of authors, Crafts has also worked with her husband Mahlon F. Craft and her daughter Marie Charlotte Craft.

Love the little easter eggs you find the longer you look at this image. It took me a second to see that there are women in the tree in the background.

Much of her art can be seen on calendars, posters, greeting cards, etc. Craft is a multiple award-winner, including several gold and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators. She has also won the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist in 2011, after being nominated five times.

I like the feeling of flat depth in this one.

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Étienne Delessert

Étienne Delessert (1941-) is a Swiss illustrator and graphic artist. His most famous works include the animated series “Yok-Yok” and his collaboration with Eugène Ionesco (Stories 1,2,3,4,). He is also known for his work with the children’s psychologist Jean Piaget.

Delessert’s work is more often than not aimed at children. He is intent on expanding the the minds of children through questions raised by his strange yet compelling illustrations. Like many illustrators, Delessert consideres himself to be a story teller using illustration to communicate a message. Many of his pieces are rendered in digital media combined with hand sketching.

This one makes me really uncomfortable. It’s terrifying.

Delessert was a finalist for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006 and 2010 for his children’s illustrations.

Delessert has illustrated over eighty children’s books, some of which are now translated into over 14 languages. His illustrations have appeared in leading magazines and newspapers such as Le Monde, The Atlantic Monthly, Time magazine and The New York Times. He has also animated segments of Sesame Street.

I like his conceptual approach to this one. I’m not a huge fan of some of his work, but I quite like this one. Oddly reminds me of a Dali.

In 1973, Delessert published an illustrated children’s book based on the lyrics to “Being Green” from Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.

He is the recipient of thirteen gold and fourteen silver medals of the American Society of Illustrators as well as the 1996 Hamilton King Award.

I really like this one! Reminds me of Where the Wild Things Are.

Delessert has held several exhibitions of his work, including one in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in the Louvre, and one in the Library of Congress in Washington DC. 

He has also written an autobiography, l’Ours bleu, which was published in 2015 in France and Switzerland.

“The Blue Bear, memories of an image creator” by Étienne Delessert.


Alton Kelley

Psychedelic design, here we go!

Kelley & Mouse collaboration.

Alton Kelley (1940 – 2008) was an American artist and designer. He was best known for his psychedelic designs for 1960s rock concert posters and album covers. He founded the Berkeley Bonaparte distribution agency alongside fellow artists Rick Griffin,Wes Wilson, Stanley Mouse, and Victor Moscoso. The agency was created with one purpose: to produce and sell psychedelic poster art.

The Grateful Dead poster, ft. skeleton by Edmund Sullivan.

One of Kelley’s most recognizable designs is that of wings and beetles (created in collaboration with S. Mouse) which decorate all Journey album covers. He also illustrated the skull and roses image for the Grateful Dead. His artwork for the 1971 Grateful Dead live album included a black and white skeleton illustration by Edmund Sullivan (originally appeared in a 19th-century edition of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám).

Some more of Kelley’s work includes his 1995 design of a limited edition poster of Jack Kerouac to raise money for the Jan Kerouac Benefit Fund. In addition to designing it, he also printed it himself. Kelley also created the cover art for the King’s X album “Ear Candy” in 1996.

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Paula Scher

One of my all-time favourite designers! Hooray!

Paula Scher (1948-) is an American graphic designer, painter and design educator. She studied at the Tyler school of art and finished her BFA in 1970. She then moved to New York City and began her career as a graphic designer. In 1972, she worked at CBS studios in the advertising and promotions department, then went on to become an art director and album cover designer at Atlantic Records two years later. She then moved back to CBS studios in 1975, this time as an art director.

Scher’s most famous album cover – but she herself hates it and fears she’ll never live it down.

In 1982, Scher left CBS to work as a freelancer. In 1984, she founded Koppel & Scher with Terry Koppel. They worked to design identities, packaging, book jackets and advertising. In 1991, she became the first woman to be a principal at Pentagram (NYC).

Some Album covers designed by Paula Scher.

In 1992, she taught at the Maryland Institute College of Art as well as at Cooper Union, Yale University and the Tyler School of Art. She has received honorary doctorates from the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Maryland Institute College of Art, and Moore College of Art and Design.BFA from the Tyler School of Art.

Some achievements:

  • 1998 – Named to the Art Directors Club Hall of Fame
  • 2000 – Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design
  • Served on the national board of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)
  • 1998 to 2000 president of AIGA New York Chapter
  • AIGA Medal
  • 2006 – Awarded the Type Directors Club Medal (first woman to receive it!!)


Album Covers:

  • While working at CBS, Scher designed around 150 album covers a year.
    • She also worked as an art director, collaborating with photographers and illustrators.
One of Scher’s huge infographic maps – all done in acrylic paint.


Scher has created 39 paintings, drawings, prints and environmental installations.

  • Some of them are super large scale (up to 12 feet!)
  • They just look like maps until you look closer and then you realize they’re entirely made up of words and typography – they’re really a TYPE (haha puns) of infographic.

More Work:

  • For the Public Theater:
    • “Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk” is a poster campaign and brand identity she created. One of her most famous works, her style set the tone for all of NYC design.
  • A lot of her work are filled with typography, as she knows how to work type to her advantage in the layout. It adds to the piece.
  • Scher also designed the microsoft windows 8 logo, the Public Theater logo, the New York philharmonic identity, the citibank logo, rebranded Tiffany & Co. and the NYC Ballet.

Heinz Edelmann

Heinz Edelmann (1934-2009) was a well-known German designer, illustrator and teacher. However, he was most famous for his work as an art director and character designer for the Beatles’ 1968 animated film “Yellow Submarine”.

Record Cover illustration by Heinz Edelmann

Edelmann studied printmaking at the Düsseldorf Arts Academy, and subsequently started his career as a freelance illustrator and designer. His first designs were for various theatre posters and advertisements in Germany.

Sea of Heads illustration by Heinz Eldemann. I really like this clean, graphic style he’s chosen for this. There’s more restraint in his use of colour than there is in some of his other work.

Throughout the 60s Edelmann was a regular illustrator and cover designer for the West German youth magazine twen (published 1959 to 1971), which was known for its innovative use of design and typography. In 1967 and 1968, he worked on “Yellow Submarine”. Following the release, he worked for two years as a partner in a small London animation company.

Yellow Submarine by Heinz Edelmann
Yellow Submarine by Heinz Edelmann

Edelmann then moved to Amsterdam and designed play and film posters as well as book jackets. Among these was a cover design for a German edition of Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. He also illustrated Kenneth Grahame’s famous children’s book: “The Wind in the Willows”.

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Cover illustration by Heinz Edelmann

Edelmann taught industrial graphic design at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences from 1972 to 1976, then lectured at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences. In 1989, he became a professor of illustration at the Stuttgart State Academy of Fine Arts.

Really love this simple children’s book illustration by Edelmann. It somehow reminds me of Emma’s Cinderella watercolour illustration assignment.

Edelmann also designed the “Curro”, the 1992 Seville World’s Fair mascot.

I felt compelled to add this one because I like the style in which the figures are drawn.