a missing piece

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the missing piece
in a previous post i shared a wonderful type specimen book from paul
rand’s library. i also mentioned mr. rand’s habit of cutting up his
books and using those pieces in his designs. here is one particular
example. this is a brochure for ibm celebrating and outlining the company.
it’s one of many brochures rand designed during his thirty-plus years
working with the company. note the ‘i’ is cut from this exact page. i
believe other letters are from this same specimen book but i have not
made a systematic check. i own quite a few monographs on designers:
max bill, richard lohse, and many others. two monographs on tshichold were
published last year but i was most impressed by christopher burke’s.
i learned so much and saw work of his that had never before been published.
i am amazed how many simply do not dig very deeply into the designer’s motivation or references or inspiration. original research is so valuable and rewarding. it is not fascinating to see how the mind works? hopefully I can surprise you ag

in a previous post i shared a wonderful type specimen book from paul rand’s library. i also mentioned mr. rand’s habit of cutting up his books and using those pieces in his designs. here is one particular example. this is a brochure for ibm celebrating and outlining the company. it’s one of many brochures rand designed during his thirty-plus years working with the company. note the ‘i’ is cut from this exact page. i believe other letters are from this same specimen book but i have not made a systematic check. i own quite a few monographs on designers: max bill, richard lohse, and many others. two monographs on tshichold were published last year but i was most impressed by christopher burke’s. i learned so much and saw work of his that had never before been published. i am amazed how many simply do not dig very deeply into the designer’s motivation or references or inspiration. original research is so valuable and rewarding. it is not fascinating to see how the mind works? hopefully I can surprise you again.



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  1. I was eagerly awaiting this follow up post.

    Comment by S.Lemon — 01/07/2009 LINK TO THIS COMMENT


  2. Me too!
    usually, forensics uncovers some grizzly crime…
    in this case- well, what is the opposite of a crime?! gold posting JP!

    Comment by David Neale — 04/07/2009 LINK TO THIS COMMENT

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