Otl Aicher’s visual communication system for the 1972 Munich Olympics belied in simplicity and elegance of scale, the sheer amount of work strategised and output by him in what has become regarded as one of the most successful designed identities for a major event. Following on from a strongly branded ’68 Mexico Olympics designed by Lance Wyman, Aicher had a high bar to hurdle. Certainly he rose to the occasion developing a distinctive bright colour palette of yellows, blue and green (colours he saw in the German landscape); duotone imagery, and grids and typography utilising the International Typographic Style, using a single typeface. Covering posters, ticketing, schedules, maps, guides, postcards, stationery and much more; the project was five years in development culminating in a triumph of easily disseminated information which was a hit with the public and continues to resonate with designers today.
Rudolph De Harak mastered colour and composition in graphic design to create works representative of their content whilst detailing a deeper level of understanding, perhaps not always immediately obvious. Reaching an apex in the time of the modernists, his most recognisable work is mostly abstract – relying on the viewer to bridge the gap between title and image. Stripped back to flat colours, white backgrounds and geometric forms, De Harak managed to convey complex ideas in a seemingly effortless minimalistic manner. His success as a lasting name in the design field can largely be attributed to this skill for distilling complex ideas and rendering outcomes using the most basic elements of colour, line and form.
Peter Saville’s graphic art and design has become synonymous with the output of british band New Order. From the 1980’s onwards – Saville created designs that resonated, mystified and delighted fans of the band, and of design; and have become inseparable from the music which they represent. This exhibit is not a complete visual history of all output generated by Saville for New Order but forms a cohesive SELECTED body, representing the pinnacle of two dynamic creative forces at work. Peter Saville’s work has been lauded and copied, and raised standards in design as it relates to music; the emotions and feelings that the combination of the two can generate and hold. These works are of their time, but are ultimately timeless.
Franco Grignani – the undisputed Italian master of op-art, design and pattern; with a career spanning decades and an influence and style that is instantly recognisable and still regularly borrowed by designers today.
Japanese illustrator, poster artist and magical mind bending illusionist Shigeo Fukuda entertains, delights, torments and confounds with his fusion of humour, political activism and surrealist tendencies.
Mid-Century master Walter Allner’s work was a triumph of form and colour. In the fifties and sixties Allner pioneered new techniques and methods for graphic design whilst outputting an enormous body of work. Most famous for art directing Fortune magazine, Allner’s work was a major part of and helped to define mid-century modern style.