I had been searching the internet for information about Swiss designer Max Huber when I found a number of smaller images of auto racing posters that he had designed in the late 40’s to late 50’s. This lead me to another set of discoveries. Porsche Racing posters from the 30’s through 80’s. Now the reason I am posting this set of images, is because they reminded me of Huber’s design style. Not just the three posters by Huber shown above, but his overall style. Huber was a master of the international Swiss style that dominated so much of graphic design that was so prominent in the decades that followed the second world war. I love the use of photography combined with the flat graphical elements in most of these posters. It is amazing how these designs, created years before computer graphics still feel fresh enough to compete with much of the design work that is being produced today. It just goes to show that you can have all the software in the world at your finger tips, but if you don’t have the skills you’re out of luck. I didn’t list credits for the designers on these pieces, but if you look at the bottom of them, there usually is a production mark with the name of the designer and the printer.
The Porsche posters below are actually quite large. Approximately 11 by 14 in size, so if you click on them they might take awhile to load in your browser. By the way. I really like number 16 with Steve McQueen.
Simon Page is a self-taught graphic designer from the UK with an emphasis on typographic art, illustration and geometric design. Earlier this year he produced a series of posters for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA) campaign.
The posters like most of his work is brilliant in it’s simplicity and use of geometric form. The style reminds me of that mid 60’s to mid 70’s period where international style had distilled itself down to basic elements and was being widely used in text book cover design. Seriously, these posters remind me so much of science book covers from Jr. Highschool. Page’s color pallet is refined and exquisite. There is an excellent sense of balance, and layout that is carried across every poster.He uses subtle textures in the backgrounds that gives an almost nostalgic sense of age and use. The typography treatments are understated, yet help to pull the entire composition together in each poster. These posters are really, really nice.
According to Page he is influenced by a number of contemporary designers like, Alex Trochut, Joshua Davis, and James White. I would go on to say I think he has been influenced if even unintentionally, by designers like Joseph Müller-Brockmann, Emil Ruder, Paul Rand, and Armin Hofmann.