The names are familiar, but the faces... well, not so much.
Who knew Marinetti cut such a dashing figure, that Brodovitch looked like a character out of a Woody Allen film, or that Tschichold would seem so jovial. Here is Kurt Schwitter with his Dadaist smile and van Doesberg with his steely gaze.
The early days of design certainly was a boys club, with only a few women able to gain recognition. Cipe Pineles, the utterly brilliant art director/designer, for years was denied membership into the Art Directors Club (she finally was the first woman to become a member in 1948) and Muriel Cooper, the legendary co-founder of the MIT Media Lab and The Visual Language Workshop, both helped paved the way for generations of future women designers.
Think of this as a "family album" where you can see what your eccentric and talented great aunts and uncles actually looked like. Let's see who you recognize.
Here are Today’s images.
TODAY is a weekly jewel box of seemingly random, yet thoughtfully selected, images. At times tender, wicked, nostalgic, amusing, and dazzling, each edition is presented without narration, editing or explanation by its author, designer Eric Baker. "It all began as a goof. One day I sent a good friend about 50 random pictures of cheese. I don't know why, but to me cheese is funny, perhaps it is the word itself and its various connotations. Eventually I began looking closer, or should I say broader at 'things'. Things lost on the fringes ... ordinary, odd, beautiful things. Esoteric images, old diagrams, typography, cartography — visions of a once promising but now extinct future."
Editor's Note: All images link to their original source and are copyright their original owners.