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Glance at Wim Crouwel

Admire the way Wim Crouwel creates such suggestiveness and almost sound from his visuals — especially in his more emotional earlier work. His posters are typographic with drama but not cold and unaffectionate — rather they allow the viewers feelings to be incorporated and directly involved. That facitnaes me, as many artists work seems so distant and unemotional in comparison.


He designed his first poster in 1952. … Although his ideas were bauhaus-related, unlike many Crouwel was not a dogmatist. He was fascinated by the ideas about serial and mass production, as he stated “we need the machine since we have no time”. But he also believed “the machine cannot replace the precision of the human eye and human feeling”.* Crouwel’s work has always consisted of these two essential elements: the emotional aspect and the rational one. (source)

Wim Crouwel is still at work. He designed the 6-volume edition of Vincent Van Gogh – The Letters published in 2009. What a wonderful job he has made of it: open any one of those volumes at random and find yourself immediately at home. You can see who’s who, without wondering about which words are Van Gogh’s own, or indeed how to read not just forwards but backwards through his life too – by theme, by correspondent, or by following a sketch that turns into a drawing that turns into a painting. (source)

Following on from previous years successful posters by Milton Glaser (4), Supermundane (3), Si Scott (2) and Darren Scott did the first one, Truth asked design legend and Dutch superhero Wim Crouwel to design a number 5 for our 5th in the series of Birthday Posters. (source)


“It was actu­ally quite dif­fi­cult to avoid Wim Crouwel’s work. In the 1960s the Nether­lands was inun­dated with posters, cat­a­logues, stamps designed by him, even the tele­phone book.”
— Karel Martens

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Check out the funky CrouwelClock released by The Design Museum

Glance at Shigeo Fukuda

Shigeo Fukuda was the first Japanese designer to be inducted into the New York Art Directors Club Hall of Fame after his talent was noticed by Paul Rand

His work is incredibly inspiring and it may appear simple but creates emotion and intrest within me; the play on illusions seems to rock you to the other side and then intern allow you to find a fresh balance!

The below famous work (which was my first introduction to Shigeo Fukuda), is entitled Victory 1945:

no war“Much of his work was designed to make a social impact rather than a commercial one and he was a strong advocate for pacifism and environmentalism.”

Check his awesome sculpture out of clamps and the shadow that’s created with it:

“I believe that in design, 30 percent dignity, 20 percent beauty and 50 percent absurdity are necessary,” — Shigeo Fukuda


View some more poster design and his book

can’t squeeze reality into a verbal shape

The mind craves for formulations and definitions, always eager to squeeze reality into a verbal shape


Glance at Charley Harper

I’m a huge fan of the master illustrator Charley Harper (1922 – 2007) and his raw, yet refined art style:

When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures. I regard the picture as an ecosystem in which all the elements are interrelated, interdependent, perfectly balanced, without trimming or unutilized parts; and herein lies the lure of painting; in a world of chaos, the picture is one small rectangle in which the artist can create an ordered universe. — Charley Harper

Charley Harper image

Check out the Charley Harper flickr group
Some pieces from a huge awesome work over six decades.
Interview with Charley by Todd Oldham

The Emperor’s New Clothes

This fantastic story by Hans Christian Andersen telling ‘of the little boy puncturing the pretensions of the emperor’s court’ is one of my very favourites.
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Original tag from the emperor’s actual clothing

tons of references to this story, many political & social—one of my favourites— Arcade Fire’s song “Ready to Start” with the lyrics “All the kids have always known, that the Emperor wears no clothes / but they bow down to him anyway, ’cause it’s better than being alone”

Walt Whitman

Contemplating how different expressions and artforms effect me. I never know how, what or when; like hearing a strangers voice and it touching the deepest parts of me, when my kids pull faces, the space between two objects, to catching a movement in my peripheral vision.

Walt Whitman

Seeing artistits share the depths of themselves in art-forms, poetry, singing, acoustics–darn, heartfelt expression of any kind!–intices and connects me deeply. As Walt Whitman says in Leaves of Grass:

I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable,
I sound my barbaric YAWP over the roofs of the world.
—Walt Whitman (a quote that resonates deeply)

Glance at Duchamp

I have forced myself to contradict myself in order to avoid conforming to my own taste. —Marcel Duchamp

Admire Marcel Duchamp’s musical experimental compositions and influence in breaking out of limited translations and expressions—his freedom and subtleness of presentation and fullness that ensumes in him and his work entices me. “Many artists have left their mark on the development of contemporary art, but Duchamp cleared and paved new paths that, without him, would have been impassable; even now many of those avenues are only beginning to be explored.”

“Fountain is the most famous of Duchamp’s so-called ready-made sculptures ordinary manufactured objects designated by the artist as works of art. It epitomises the assault on convention and accepted notions of art for which Duchamp became known.” source

The individual, man as a man, man as a brain, if you like, interests me more than what he makes, because I’ve noticed that most artists only repeat themselves. —Marcel Duchamp

tribute to Nisargadatta 1897 – 1981

Wanted to do a tribute to Nisargadatta Maharaj — amazing inspiration, like a true zen master; taking concepts away opposed to adding them. In his (translated) words: “My words will tear apart anyone who listens to them”
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