Tom Geismar & Ivan Chermayeff
1971 saw the publication of ‘A History of Visual Communication’, penned by the celebrated Swiss designer and lecturer Josef Müller-Brockmann. The book goes back in time to pre-history. It begins in the caves in the South of France, 15,000 years before Christ, and even shows a page of neat accounts from Babylon, dated to 1800 bc
Stephen Doyle founded Doyle Partners in New York in 1985, with William Drenttel and Tom Kluepfel. He previously worked at Esquire and Rolling Stone, and for the great Tibor Kalman. A flavour of Kalman's quixotic spirit can be seen in Doyle's cultured and often witty graphic expression.
Hideki Nakajima's character is like his work: restrained, introspective and disciplined. Ask young Japanese designers about him and they talk with a sort of quiet awe.
I don’t know exactly why we designers enjoy living in places other than where we were born, why we’re so fond of travel, why we enjoy other cultures so much. Maybe it’s because we like change, or perhaps we feel predestined to preach the gospel according to Graphic Design in the urban jungles of other countries. Maybe this is the original idea behind AGI.
As a young designer in New York City, in the early 1970s, I was always inspired by strong urban graphics: complicated graffiti that completely covered subway cars; a painted cigarette advertisement on the side of a building on Eighth Avenue where the giant pack displaying extended cigarettes conformed to the shape of the building; a heroic sign for Pepsi-Cola that still commands attention on the East River when viewed from the FDR Drive in Manhattan.
‘Everyone teaches everyone.’
Pierre Bourdieu, sociologist
‘It’s our own view that often encloses other people inside the prisons we build for them, but it is also our view that can free them.’