April 20, 2015

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Rafael Esquer

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Top 7 from “Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots”

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“California has no terra firma – earthquakes, mudslides, fires and the occasional civil uprising cause incessant upheaval and change… Without solid ground, tradition lacks secure footing; old rules go out the door and new motivations rush in, resulting in new and vibrant forms.” Book editor and graphic designer Louise Sandhaus …

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“California has no terra firma – earthquakes, mudslides, fires and the occasional civil uprising cause incessant upheaval and change… Without solid ground, tradition lacks secure footing; old rules go out the door and new motivations rush in, resulting in new and vibrant forms.” Book editor and graphic designer Louise Sandhaus answers to the question: “what makes California design deserving of special attention?”

Today’s post brings you images from one of the most exciting graphic design books published this year. Provocatively titled Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California and Graphic Design, 1936-1986 and authored by Louise Sandhaus and with contributors such as Lorraine Wild, Denise Gonzales Crisp, and Michael Worthington, we know this is a must have.

To wet your appetite, I’ll share this description taken from Amazon:

The fruit of more than a decade of research, the volume is arranged in four sections: “Sunbaked Modernism,” “Industry and the Indies,” “60s Alt 60s” and “California Girls.” Included are books and magazines designed by Merle Armitage, Alvin Lustig, Herbert Matter and Sheila Levrant DeBretteville; posters for Disneyland, Cream and Herman Miller; Marget Larsen’s print ads for Joseph Magnin; title cards or title sequences for Lassie, The Smothers Brothers and other hit TV shows; title sequences for films from Taxi Driver to Tron; motion graphics from the earliest animated abstractions to the classic 7-Up “Bubbles” ad and Atari video games; immersive live shows of Bill Ham and Single Wing Turquoise Bird; architectural supergraphics by Barbara Stauffacher Solomon and Alexander Girard; print and environmental designs by Gere Kavanaugh and Deborah Sussman; and much, much more.

Enjoy our delicious selections!

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The Swingin’ Eye!!!!!!!! album cover, 1960 by Bill Plate and Gene Howard.
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The Endless Summer, John Van Hamersveld, 1964.
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Art & Architecture magazine cover, 1955, by John Follis.
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Hollywood Bowl programme, 1970, by Deborah Sussman.
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McCarthy poster by Sätty (Wilfred Podreich), 1968.
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Three Lives by Gertrude Stein. Cover design by Alvin Lustig, 1945, New Directions publishing.
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The Who (with Fleetwood Mac), Shrine Auditorium concert poster by John Van Hamersveld and Victor Moscoso, 1968.

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