This is my 100th blog post, and I think that the fact it is a Design Friday post is appropriate. I need to figure out a way to convert all those frequent flyer miles from the trip to South Africa into a first class ticket to London for this exhibit which opens this month. “Designs On Delivery” is a show that is being presented by the GPO in London for a limited time. October 7th to November 4th. The show features poster art for the UK General Post Office from 1930 to 1960. From the slides shown, this is a great example of the emerging international style, and it’s refinement moving to the 1960’s. The exhibit features the work of Edward McKnight Kauffer, FHK Henrion, HS Williamson, Tom Eckersley, Leonard Beaumont, Jan Le Witt, George Him, Hans Schleger, Vanessa Bell, and other influential designers of the period.
Designs on Delivery goes on show at London College of Communications (LCC), London from 7 October to 4 November 2009, and will focus on six themes: Education; Air Mail; Post Early; Wartime; Postage & Packaging and Products & Services.
“This period was also the beginning of Post Office advertising, and posters played a vital part in campaigns such as persuading people to post early and encouraging clear and correct writing, right postage and careful packaging. This was especially important during the war years, when great demands were put on Post Office services. Much of the success was due to Stephen Tallents, who became the Post Office‟s first public relations officer in 1933, successfully combining techniques of commercial advertising with government service. As a member of Designs & Industries Association, Tallents believed that social progress could be achieved through engaging with a mass audience.” Sue Barnard