The first comprehensive biography of one of the most innovative designers of the 20th century
San Francisco's Letterform Archive, who we visited for the May issue of the magazine, is currently running a Kickstarter for a new book on design pioneeer William Addison Dwiggins. Dwiggins was among the most influential and innovative designers of the early twentieth century. He was a master calligrapher, type designer, illustrator, private press printer, and a pioneer of advertising, magazine, and book design. In short, he was the quintessential maker — fabricating his own tools, mastering traditional skills, inventing new techniques, and experimenting with design in areas as wide-ranging as modular ornament, stamps, currency, furniture, kites, marionettes, and theatrical sets and lighting. More than any of his contemporaries, Dwiggins united the full range of applied arts into a single profession: designer.
April 27, 2017