Robert L. Peters

31 July 2009

War Resisters League,


This just in from the talented and tireless Chaz Maviyane-Davies

30 July 2009

UNESCO posters by Canucks…





Give the same creative brief to three different designers and you’re likely to get back three different solutions. Take for example the poster competition sponsored by the Canadian Council on Learning and the Canadian Commission of UNESCO to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and mark International Adult Learners’ Week last March. Sixty designers across Canada submitted their portfolios; three were commissioned to design posters around the theme “Learning is a Human Right.”  (Read what the three designers had to say about their individual approaches in the @Issue article here).

Posters by Andrew Lewis, Sergio Serrano, and good friend David Coates. Thanks to Oliver Oike for the link…

29 July 2009

Ummm… OK!


Embrace serendipity!

“If you don’t care where you are, then you’re never lost!”

28 July 2009



Jane Birkin (in a mini), a Citroën DS… sometimes I miss the 1960s!

27 July 2009



Jawaharlal Nehru, Indian politician (1889-1964)

And here’s another wise quotable from the great man…

Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.

Image: a Russian stamp honouring Nehru, issued 25 years after his death.

Two wolves… (an ancient tale)


An ancient Cherokee tale…

An old Cherokee chief was teaching his grandson about life…

“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.”

“One is evil— he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.”

“The other is good— he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. This same fight is going on inside you— and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old chief simply replied, “The one you feed.”


26 July 2009

Heinz Edelmann | 1934-2009




Stuttgart, Germany

Heinz Edelmann, the multifaceted graphic designer and illustrator who created the comically hallucinogenic landscape of Pepperland as art director for the 1968 animated Beatles film “Yellow Submarine,” died on Tuesday of this week in Stuttgart, Germany. He was 75…. A highly successful advertising and editorial illustrator in Germany, England and the Netherlands, Mr. Edelmann was known for combining Impressionist and Expressionist sensibilities leavened with wit, humor and irony. He developed a distinct graphic style that influenced many artists in Europe and the United States…

Read the full tribute written by Steven Heller for The New York Times here. See some of Mr. Edelmann’s works on Milton Glaser’s Container List here and here. Enjoy the animated “Yellow Submarine” trailer here, and “When I’m 64” here.

Images: the mod-psychedelic look of the 1968 Beatles movie “Yellow Submarine;” posters for West Deutscher Rundfunk (radio) from 1982 and 1983.

24 July 2009

The Master,


Buenos Aires, Argentina

Exchanges this week with friend Ronald Shakespear prompted me to re-read a beautifully written tribute to the late great Alan Fletcher penned by Ronald’s son Lorenzo (who worked at the London Pentagram office in the early 1990s). The tribute posted on the Icograda website is well worth perusing…

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One afternoon back in 1991, finishing up a few things before going home, sitting at a Pentagram desk in London (for many, a place unknown; for some, an icon of design; for me a unique site), my brand new job, the printer by my side started spitting out sheets of paper, one after the other without a halt. I raised my head to see who was still there and saw Diana.

Surprised to find only text on them, I took the first one and read it through. “The Santa Trinita bridge in Florence, dynamited during the last war, was reconstructed from photographs and Ammannati’s original drawings. One difficulty was that the curves of the arches didn’t conform to standard geometry. Some speculated that they were catenary curves, the shapes produced by the loop of a chain, others that they derived from the shape of a violin. Finally someone suggested they were drawn freehand by someone brighter than Ammannati. They were right. When Cosimo I commissioned the bridge, he was also talking with Michelangelo on other matters. The original design of the triple curves can be found carved in the Medici tombs on Michelangelos’s Sarcophagi of Night and Day, Twilight and Dawn.” 

(read the rest here…)

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Images: cover of Alan Fletcher’s tome The art of looking sideways.; visual identity of the Victoria & Albert Museum; a sketch by Alan for the elongated alphabet motifs on the iron gates outside his West London studio; a portrait by A.F. Slayford.

21 July 2009

One small step,


The moon (the one we see from earth on virtually every other night than tonight, a new moon, go figure…)

I remember vividly the wee hours of Monday, 40 years ago today, when I saw Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the moon (at 02:56 GMT in the early hours of 21 July—I was living in Germany at the time, so it was already Monday there, while North Americans enjoyed a Sunday night special). Our family did not have a TV and I was quite sick with the flu at the time… but I got up in a fevered haze and walked six blocks to the nearest Radio & TV shop which had TV sets tuned to the moon landing in their display window, with loudspeakers of the English reportage playing into the street. (I ended up translating the action and the English announcer’s coverage into German for an assembled group of Italian and Turkish foreign workers from the nearby barracks, disoriented drunks, and assorted street-people and others too poor to own a TV set—all of whom had gathered outside the shop to take in the spectacle in real time).

That unique moment offered a fresh view of our wee blue-green planet for all of humankind, and triggered Marshall McLuhan’s phrase “Global Village” as well as Buckminster Fuller’s “Spaceship Earth.” Trivia factoid: it also marked the first time in history that the New York Times used a 96-point headline: “Men Walk On Moon.”

(Thanks to GDC-Listserv friend Marilyn Matty, from New York (fittingly), for pointing out the latter re: the NYT a few minutes ago).

Peace does not require love.


Peace does not require love.

Hate—without weapons—will suffice.

Any dialog—even if only accusations, denunciations and vituperation—is preferable to bullets, bombs, broken hearts and broken bodies. War (violence) is an incredibly infectious, disfiguring disease for which the only antidote is dialog.

Some of the more rewarding aspects of hosting a blog such as this are the serendipity and unexpected encounters one makes from one day to the next… for example, earlier today I received the thoughtful truism quoted above from a certain Glenn S. Michaels of Phoenix, Arizona… I thank you for sharing your wisdom!

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