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uwmspeccoll:

We’re kicking off a new weekly feature here at UWM Special Collections - Fine Press Fridays! One of our goals in Special Collections is to document the history of the book and how the form of the book has been used by publishers and printers to express their ideas throughout time. As such, we have a strong focus on works produced by the fine press movement. The contemporary fine press printing movement originated in the 19th century with the work of Englishman William Morris. Disenchanted with current printing methods and desirous of returning to a time when books were printed with care and artistry, Morris founded the Kelmscott Press in 1891, printing books by hand using handmade paper and ink. The movement spread to several countries and continues to this day.   

Our inaugural Fine Press Friday piece is A Note by William Morris, in which Morris describes his goal to create books “which would have a definite claim to beauty, while at the same time…be easy to read and…not dazzle the eye, or trouble the intellect of the reader by eccentricity of form in the letters.” The final book printed at Kelmscott Press in 1898, the work relays Morris’s ideas of what constituted a beautiful book, his attempts to “redeem the Gothic character from the charge of unreadableness which is commonly brought against it,” the history of Kelmscott Press, and a bibliographic list of every work Morris printed at Kelmscott. One of the most unique features about this book is that it contains all three types designed by Morris; the main body of text is set in his Golden typeface, while quoted passages from Morris’s lecture “The Lesser Arts” appear in his Chaucer and Troy typefaces. The book also contains examples of Morris’s ornamentation and features a wood engraving by Edward Burne-Jones. 

See it in the catalog here.

Fine Press Friday? Yes, please!
The Crystal Palace
The Arms of All Nations
Interior of the Russian Hall
Lane's Telescopic View
Lane's Telescopic View
Lane's Telescopic View

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Here’s a look at the George Peabody Library’s collection of books and ephemera relating to The Great Exhibition at the Crystal Palace in 1851. First up is a lively chromolithograph of the Crystal Palace and its grounds, showcasing boating, carriage rides, and tourists taking in the sites.

Next we have a print of “Wot is to be” : or probable results of the industry of all nations in the year ‘51 : showing what is to be exhibited, who is to exhibit it : in short, how it’s all going to be done,” a look into the inner-workings of the great exhibition. This particular print showcases inventors with their patent machines for putting down revolutions, subduing Chartism, and grinding paupers’ noses. Of course, the real star of the print is the Prize Pig, because no exhibition would be complete without impressive farm animals!

The next two images are chromolithographic prints showing the Arms of All Nations (because we all know the world is comprised of nineteen countries) and the interior of the Crystal Palace’s exhibition hall.

For a more unique view of the Great Exhibition in the Crystal Palace, check out the Lane’s Telescopic View! This ‘Telescopic View’ is made of printed paper and card, and is supplied in a slip-in card box. When you view the internal scene through the little peep hole in the cover, you see a three dimensional view of the inside of the Crystal Palace in 1851, and the grand opening by Queen Victoria. Cool, right?

fan posterLousy internet, refusing to submit things…

Alex Zimmerman

Dark Knight Returns (fan poster from before Dark Knight Rises was officially announced)

From 2008, months after Dark Knight was released, and Riddler was rumored to be the villain in the next film (before Bane was confirmed)

I like this poster, because it fits with the obsessiveness of Riddler’s character, and the dark tone the film series had. Also, it isn’t like most modern film posters, where it shows a character standing in front of a scene from the film, and thats all that is happening)

It qualifies as graphic design by having unique ideas. The question mark ending with a bat, using newspaper letters (whe?e is THE BATMAN), and overall being eyecatching.

200 Years of American Graphic Art

                     

  • 1690-1776 Was when graphic art was introduced to the colonies in America. In 1639 graphic art and the first colonial printing press started together. Before then paper for drawing and writing had to be imported. Most printing and books came from Europe.
  • 1760-1800 After independence things rapidly grew including printing word. Business grew and taverns and coffee shops would advertise with signs that would use mainly pictorial. Many famous painters started off making these signs. Ther also became a growing demand for broadsides and handbills.
  • 1840-1860 By this time bigger and faster press made it more affordable for business to get advertisement. Alexander Anderson was considered father of American wood engraving.
  • 1860-1876 After mid-century there was a boom in pictorial journalism because of the civil war. Recruitment posters were the first of the graphic posters. After political propaganda grew rapidly.
  • 1876-1900 During these years advertising grew with bill posting and business started to have their barns and fences painted. Trade cards began to be mass produced. Packaging at grocery stores was new and allowed manufacturers to advertise on their product. Cereal boxes be came a big deal.
  • The rest of the book goes on to tell how magazines became a big thing using pictures of beautiful women and famous people. How other ways of producing graphics came along and how things evolved into what they are today.

Pioneers of Modern Typography

General overview into the styles and artists that have had an enormous influence on typographic design and graphic design in general. Speaks of many of the art movements, (Bahaus, Futurism, Dada, de Stijl, Suprematism, Constructivism), and how they all relate to modern typography. Very detailed, it amazes me that so much research had to be done for a book on this kind of scale. Contains a perfect mix of pictures and words so you know exactly what the author is talking about when he mentions specific art periods and movements. Many artists in this early period of typography were russian and the book explains the cultural reasons very well, and it paints a vivid and solid picture in the mind of the reader. It has the information contained in a textbook but also offers the readability and convenience of a coffee table sized book. Frequently alludes to collage forms of typographic design, hinting at its importance in not only that field, but in graphic design as well. It reads smoothly like a story almost and through this the author is able to educate and entertain with this thrilling book. Would recommend to anyone interested in the subject or anyone needing information on typography in easily readeable form.  

"We Can Do It"

This Famous Image was created in 1942 during World War 2.

I love this image because it is very inspirational, and is has a timeless meaning.  Also it promotes an image of strength and ability that women are strong and can do anything that men can.

the bold lines and colors give it a very in your face and it is an image that tells story

Name: Breanne Buchanan
Title: Snow White
Date: 21st century
Why Do I Like It: I really like the minimalist movie posters and the silhouettes made out of the apple. To me the minimalist movie posters are much more pleasant to look at because they usually have so much going on and a ton of graphics.
What Makes it Graphic Design: I think it is graphic design because the designers took a popular kids movie and interrupted their own ideas and made a movie poster.  

Name: Breanne Buchanan

Title: Snow White

Date: 21st century

Why Do I Like It: I really like the minimalist movie posters and the silhouettes made out of the apple. To me the minimalist movie posters are much more pleasant to look at because they usually have so much going on and a ton of graphics.

What Makes it Graphic Design: I think it is graphic design because the designers took a popular kids movie and interrupted their own ideas and made a movie poster.  

1. Lacie Snay
2. Electric Forest Poster
3. 2014
4. I like this poster because the owl’s body contains some of my favorite bands.  It’s not an official poster for 2014 but it contains head liners and or the most popular shows through out the years. When I look at this image I feel the color’s that were chosen and how the words electric forest were formed could even some how represent the beautiful lights during shows. I would like this poster even more if it was made into a t-shirt. 
5. I feel that this poster would be considered typography.  The whole image of the owl to the background is just formed from text.  

1. Lacie Snay

2. Electric Forest Poster

3. 2014

4. I like this poster because the owl’s body contains some of my favorite bands.  It’s not an official poster for 2014 but it contains head liners and or the most popular shows through out the years. When I look at this image I feel the color’s that were chosen and how the words electric forest were formed could even some how represent the beautiful lights during shows. I would like this poster even more if it was made into a t-shirt. 

5. I feel that this poster would be considered typography.  The whole image of the owl to the background is just formed from text.  

Eric Otley
IBM Smarter Planet Campaign
2008-2009
The image is playful. It uses a light bulb to make the belly and beak of the penguin. Also, simple, but effective use of typography ties the image and text together.
The use of typography and the use of white space. The combination of two images is a nice touch. It’s designed for a purpose.
  1. Eric Otley
  2. IBM Smarter Planet Campaign
  3. 2008-2009
  4. The image is playful. It uses a light bulb to make the belly and beak of the penguin. Also, simple, but effective use of typography ties the image and text together.
  5. The use of typography and the use of white space. The combination of two images is a nice touch. It’s designed for a purpose.

Peacock Ball Poster

1976

I remember seeing this poster when looking up graphic designers and typographers for a previous class. The poster was done by Victor Moscoso and I thought it was a great piece that embodies all of what I think Graphic Design is.

The placement of the image, the colors, and the way the type flows through the poster, without taking away from the image, are qualities that I feel make this poster a perfect example of what Graphic Design aims to accomplish. 

1) Ariana Behm
2) Bats On Bats 
3) 21st Century 
4) I have selected this image because I am a huge batman fan, and also because this image is amazing. It definitely catches my eye and I find it really interesting how the bats form batman. 
5) This image is Graphic Design not just because it is a poster designed to advertise, catch your attention, and send a message but also because it has a deeper meaning that connects to the main character of the movie. Batman is molded by the bats, he was afraid of them to begin with. So it became is symbol and his meaning to “turn fear against those who prey on the fearful”. 

1) Ariana Behm

2) Bats On Bats 

3) 21st Century 

4) I have selected this image because I am a huge batman fan, and also because this image is amazing. It definitely catches my eye and I find it really interesting how the bats form batman. 

5) This image is Graphic Design not just because it is a poster designed to advertise, catch your attention, and send a message but also because it has a deeper meaning that connects to the main character of the movie. Batman is molded by the bats, he was afraid of them to begin with. So it became is symbol and his meaning to “turn fear against those who prey on the fearful”. 

Andrea Armbruster
Harry Potter GD Tiles
2000’s
i like this particular image, because I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter realm, and seeing that just these two amazing people basically created this world a lot of people enjoy is something really spectacular. This image, out of many, showed the different styles, and props they created with the last few films.
Qualities about this images that make them graphic design are, that they all served a purpose in the movies. Whether it be a book cover, or a newspaper, or the candy boxes. Each item had its own sense of style, and I really enjoy seeing how they portrayed the “artist” of each individual item.
  1. Andrea Armbruster
  2. Harry Potter GD Tiles
  3. 2000’s
  4. i like this particular image, because I’m a huge fan of the Harry Potter realm, and seeing that just these two amazing people basically created this world a lot of people enjoy is something really spectacular. This image, out of many, showed the different styles, and props they created with the last few films.
  5. Qualities about this images that make them graphic design are, that they all served a purpose in the movies. Whether it be a book cover, or a newspaper, or the candy boxes. Each item had its own sense of style, and I really enjoy seeing how they portrayed the “artist” of each individual item.