Word & Image: Swiss Poster Design: 1955 – 1997

February 9 - April 3, 1998 Over sixty posters, as well as publications by 30 influential Swiss designers will be presented to explore the impact and influence of the International Typographic Style or Swiss Design on graphic design and visual communication. The Swiss Design style emphasized an overall clarity of composition created by an innovative combination of typography, photography and graphic elements in which the message became an integral part of the design and the…

Quotes from Questionnaire 1997-1998

A questionnaire was circulated in 1997 and 1998, using responses from newspaper appeals and personal contacts. There are some quotes that were particularly interesting, and some of them are highlighted here. Male Respondent: 'The one that seems very funny to me now but not at the time was VD Kills. In those days such a thing was never mentioned such was the ignorance, but it must have been a very big problem as this was…

Posters: Persuasion and Subversion

V&A, 12th-13th June, 1998 The effectiveness of the poster as a publicity medium and the pervasiveness of the poster image were examined in the context of developments in 20th century graphic communication. The conference examined the history of the poster from the 'artistic' posters of the late 19th century, to the large-scale billboard campaigns of the modern day, which are an inescapable feature of the modern landscape. Margaret Timmers edited a great text "The Power…

Questionnaire, 1997

Below is a questionnaire circulated in late 1997, early 1998, to people who remembered posters from the Second World War. I got many replies, and some of the particularly interesting ones are featured here. The interviews did not materialise due to cost and time restraints, as I had so many archives to visit! Questionnaire into the memories that people have about British Home Front posters of the Second World War If there are any questions…