(across the United Kingdom)
Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January every year in the UK. It marks the anniversary of the liberation in 1945, by the Soviet Union, of the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, towards the end of World War II. The Holocaust (or Shoah in Hebrew) claimed the lives of six million Jewish men, women, and children between 1933, when Hitler came to power in Germany, and 1945, when the Nazis were finally defeated.
The commemorative poster shown above is by my friend Dan Reisinger: “This is a photo of an authentic yellow Star of David we were forced to wear prior to deportation—preserved in my family since 1944.”
(Thanks to Iva Babaja for the link).
A FontShop publication on ISSUU, here.
Thanks to Erik Spiekermann for the link.
Four years ago today, our friend and colleague Shigeo Fukuda, the great graphic sensei, passed on into the next dimension. Japan’s consummate visual communicator, Fukuda-san is known around the world as a playful prankster, a modern-day Escher, and an imaginative creator who “dramatically shattered cultural and linguistic barriers with his universally recognizable style.”
Perhaps Alan Fletcher described him the best (in Masters of the 20th Century): “Shigeo Fukuda is a star in the design firmament—on second thought, maybe he’s more of a comet.” Fukuda-san—there’s no doubt that you’ll continue to light up our heaven…
Shown above a few samples of Fukuda-san’s engaging posters.
(source, with many more…)
Among the Swiss graphic designers who so greatly shaped the direction of our profession in the last century, perhaps none was more influential than Josef Müller-Brockmann, (1914-1996).
Shown above are a selection of his posters.
Brno, Czech Republic
Wow. A decade sure does slip by fast… today I stumbled across an editorial I wrote for Icograda’s BoardMessage 11 years ago this month, here.
If you like vintage collectables and graphic ephemera, you can find thousands of matchbook photographs here…
At a 50th anniversary reception for Icograda hosted on Sunday, 17 November by Montréal International and Mission Design, I was honoured to receive the Icograda Achievement Award. As the inscription reads, “The Icograda Achievement Award is the highest recognition granted by Icograda to designers for their contribution to the profession.”
Icograda is the world body for professional communication design. It is a non-profit, non-partisan, member-based network of independent organisations and stakeholders working within the multidisciplinary scope of communication design and expanded media. Founded in 1963, Icograda actively promotes the value of design practice, thinking, education, research and policy, representing more than 200 organisations in 67 countries and regions globally.
I had to relearn an oft-taught message myself today… assume nothing, question everything.
Just when you think of yourself as pretty smart…