History
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Here's or wall of fame dedicated to great designers and history of graphic design. These biographies of famous graphic design and typography experts are built upon excerpts from old publications in our library which are no longer marketed. Graphéine helps you discover (or rediscover) those who have made a change in the history of graphic design.

Herb Lubalin's biography in pictures. In his 40-year career, Lubalin has revolutionized the landscape of American graphic design by composing images with text.
From the Nazis to the moon, Futura is probably the most used typeface in the world, and yet it's not new!
From consumer logos to social movements, Debbie Millman questions the meaning of design in society through her work.
Graphic designer Milton Glaser gave the 70s and 80s a cheerful and colourful face and New York a reason to love him. Among his most famous creations are the logo "I ❤ NY" and Bob Dylan's psychedelic poster. Let's go into the history of a very, very big name in
Being a designer like Reza Abedini in a country such as Iran means juggling with an incredible artistic, visual and calligraphic heritage that is 3000 years old.
To grasp the genius of Iranian graphic design one must understand its incredible heritage in the arts, and the current upheavals. A short journey from ancient Persia to the most contemporary graphic design.
Wally Olins is the inventor of business and territorial branding and all the influence that comes with it. Discover his work and our exclusive interview.
In the 1950s, in the midst of the Cold War, Paul Rand transformed the use of graphic design and the face of American companies.
By designing UK's road signs, Margaret Calvert's discreet work helped to save hundreds of thousands of lives in the United Kingdom.
Nothing predicted the Comic Sans MS to become what it is today: a font hated by graphic designers and yet very popular with the general public. Discover its history... and its some qualities.
The Bauhaus Football Club, the story of the most beautiful design team in the world. When the football world cup is a pretext to revise your classics...
Ever wondered how it is like to be a designer abroad? Here is an illustrated portrait of Turkish graphic design, through history and contemporary designers.
Every day, millions of french people see Étienne Robial's work. In this article we decode, in plain language, a long career in graphic design, from Canal+ to Inrockuptibles.
Last chapter on french publishing houses, the split between Poche and Folio, the graphic inventors, and the return of the beautiful independent book.
From Penguin Editions to the birth of graphic design, the cover is an open book on the social mores of a country and an era.
Under the influence of Japan, France or Russia, book covers are constantly evolving with technical progress and crises.
From codex to colour printing! Here is the first part of this series of articles sweeping the evolution of book covers to the present day, through the most striking revolutions.
Dick Bruna was the father of the most famous rabbit on the planet: Miffy. He passed away on February 16, 2016 and we wish to pay tribute to his work as a graphic designer, beyond the simple designer of a minimalist white rabbit.
Portrait of Karel Martens, the man with multiple motifs and lovers of constraints, reference in the world of graphic design and plastic research.
Trump will soon be designated as « most powerful man in the world » and we went digging into his past. We actually have evidence that Trump was a graphic designer. True story: he even created the type of IBM's logo!
Ode to Cassandre, the man of a thousand talents. His design of posters and graphics revolutionized the role of visual communication.
Inventor of optical art, but also advertising and graphic designer, Vasarely is a giant at the origin of an art form accessible to all, for all.
Ben Bos (1930-2017) The big Bos of Dutch design! Portrait of a graphic design giant who worked for Total Design for 3 decades.
Shepard Fairey, "the worm that shone with the stars!" (Victor Hugo) Portrait of a street artist, illustrator and activist graphic designer.
Pierre Bernard & Grapus. Collective and individual itinerary of a committed graphic designer, tireless defender of the notion of public utility in graphic design.
Marcel Jacno (1904- 1989), known as Jacno, is a french graphic designer, famous notably for having designed the NPT logo, as well as the Gauloises cigarette pack.
Peter Gut, a multiple work navigating between caricature, press drawing and illustration for children, with humour in the background.
Portrait of the Swiss graphic designer Hans-Peter-Hort (1924-2010). No biography is dedicated to him. Here is an attempt to catch up...
Hans Hillman, German graphic designer, illustrator and designer (1925-2014). He was a pioneer who, as early as the 1950s, re-invented the art of film posters in Germany, designing German versions of posters by Godard, Bunuel, Eisenstein, Kurosawa and Bergman.
Herb leupin (1916-1999). Swiss graphic designer who produced more than 1000 advertising posters.
When some wanted to make revolution with their voices or their guitars, he armed himself with his pencils and brushes. It was the early'60s, and Kennedy wasn't an airport yet.
Painter, graphic designer, English illustrator little known in France. Yet, Edward Bawden remains a great illustrator from Great Britain!
Les Rencontres de Lure. For 61 years, strange wackos have been meeting every summer in "Lurs-en-Provence" to redo the typography in particular and the world in general. In a climate of camaraderie, under the Provençal sun, perched on a rock, all the faces of typography are discussed.
Textile designer, graphic designer, furniture designer... nothing is colorful enough for this Italian-American!
Let's explore the fabulous history of Villa Noailles and its illustrious inhabitants Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, great patrons of the arts, design and fashion!
Retrospective of Roger Excoffon's work. Graphic designer, typographer and type designer 1910-1983. The creator of the Banco, Mistral, antique olive typography... but also of the Air France visual identity.
Müller-Brockmann is one of the most influential graphic designers in the history. His work is always taught, studied and published. It is certainly the figurehead of Swiss graphic design (which also takes the name of international style). His work is influenced by Bauhaus and constructivism. Typography and geometry are predominant.
Presentation of the Italian graphic designer Franco Grignani (1908-1999) This is a text where he presents himself his work and his vision of the profession (initially published in the collection "Graphic Designers in Europe" in 1973). Surprisingly, many of his reflections remain very contemporary.
The Rappaz Museum is located in the historical heart of Basel, more precisely in the studio of the eponymous graphic designer Rolf Rappaz (1914-1996). It presents a permanent exhibition on the work of this Basel artist and graphic designer.