Most famous graphic designer?

Nick Shinn's picture

His most famous design:

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

Gutenberg?

riccard0's picture

Where's the type?
;-)

aluminum's picture

Freddie Mercury

Nick Shinn's picture

Right. Mercury had a diploma in Graphic Illustration and Design (Ealing College, 1969) and worked professionally briefly, before Queen took off.

aluminum's picture

Let's keep the game going! Here's another one:

dezcom's picture

Wasn't Hitler supposed to have had a failed career as a graphic artist in his youth?

neverblink's picture

He applied for an art-academy (he was a painter), but was rejected, if I'm correct.

@aluminum; If I have to guess: Crosby, Stills and Nash - by Graham Nash?

dezcom's picture

Graham Nash has a business enlarging digital graphics onto watercolor paper called "Nash Editions"

aluminum's picture

@neverblink that, indeed, is the Crosby Stills Nash logo, but not designed by Nash.

And it wasn't Hitler. ;o)

William Berkson's picture

I think Hitler's ambitions were as an artist, not as a graphic designer or commercial artist. These wouldn't have been grandiose enough for him. Here is an article that refers to a couple of books on the subject.

I did read somewhere that his contribution to the Nazi symbol was to rotate the swastika, traditionally in religious iconography in a restful vertical alignment, 45 degrees, giving it that buzz saw, aggressive look.

John Lyttle's picture

@aluminum Was it Joni Mitchell? She went to the Alberta College of Art and is well known for her watercolour paintings. Did she design that emblem, too?

dezcom's picture

Joni Mitchell and Grahm Nash were "an item" at the time.

neverblink's picture

Wikipedia leads me to believe it was Phil Hartman

aluminum's picture

Wikipedia makes trivia games way too easy these days... ;o)

Yep, Phil was a graphic designer who did several album covers (plus the CSN logo) prior to his comedy career.

rs_donsata's picture

Never heard of Phil Hartman before.

Nick Shinn's picture

Further on Mercury's Queen crest and the band brand:
Combines astrology with heraldry, zodiacal signs representing band members.
References Mercury's Parsi background (given name: Farrokh Bulsara): the phoenix originates in Persian mythology.
"King" already taken.

Where's the type?

Garter forms "Q" for Queen.

dezcom's picture

"Never heard of Phil Hartman before."

I think he was one of the Saturday Night Live crew from the '90s

.00's picture

Phil Hartman as Ronald Regan on SNL

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skQuhoG7fFM

rs_donsata's picture

Ok, he is quite funny, and he may be famous in the US, but I think Freddy Mercury is still more famous internationally.

rs_donsata's picture

Ok, I'm a lousy reader, forgive my ranting.

aluminum's picture

I would agree that Freddie trumps Phil in terms of global celebrity.

Both were great, though. Throw on a Queen album and start Netflix'ing some News Radio episodes.

So, who has the next puzzle...?

Ton Aner's picture

Both music and graphic design gained from his changing of proffession.

scottsullivan's picture

Further on Mercury's Queen crest and the band brand:
Combines astrology with heraldry, zodiacal signs representing band members.
References Mercury's Parsi background (given name: Farrokh Bulsara): the phoenix originates in Persian mythology.

Where's the type?

Garter forms "Q" for Queen.

woah! go Freddie! (or Farrokh)

Tell's picture

Never knew Mercury was a designer. Our street cred is through the roof!

Phil is probably best known as the voice of Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz on the Simpsons.

Tomi from Suomi's picture

Beyoncé?

She had Jean Fraçoice Porches to design a commissioned font for her fashion line (sorry, I have to check what it is): House of Deréon.

Nick Shinn's picture

A lot of celebrities have design lines, but the depth of their involvement in the design process varies.

Venus and Serena are into that too, and Liam Gallagher.

But IMO you're not a real fashion designer if you can't draft a pattern.

A new movie looks at the relationship between Alexandre Dumas and Auguste Maquet, his ghostwriter.

Freddie paid his dues...

Tomi from Suomi's picture

Bugger, any amount of of sarcasm, and we are all over the place.

And I was wrong any way: this is about graphic designers.

Tomi from Suomi's picture

Dave Stewart from Eurythmics?

Tomi from Suomi's picture

Am I stupid; David Byrne. Even though he had some help from Tibor Kalman.

Mark Simonson's picture

Didn't Andy Worhol do graphic design before he was famous? Or only illustration?

Tell's picture

Mark, I've seen some of Andy's invoices from back in the day, and he listed himself as "commercial artist". Most of the work was gun-for-hire illustration.

afonseca1974's picture

I was about to say Andy Warhol when Mark Simonson asked...
"Most of the work was gun-for-hire illustration"
Hmm...I remember as exibition here in Fundação Serralves in 2000 and saw some boxes design by him I think...

António

dezcom's picture

Were the packages designed for H J Heinz, a food canner? Warhol grew up near the Heinz plant in Pittsburgh. One of my professors at Carnegie Mellon taught him while he was in art school there. I also grew up in the same neighborhood. but I am a few years younger than Andy and never met him.

afonseca1974's picture

...and I think her mother (Andy Warhol), who had some inffluence in is work, was also illustrator or graphic designer...

António

eliason's picture

@Chris: BTW there's a 2001 article in The Art Bulletin* about how Warhol's training at Carnegie shaped his career. The author mentions Robert Leppert quite a bit - was that the prof you had in mind?

*Blake Stimson, "Andy Warhol's Red Beard", The Art Bulletin, Vol. 83, No. 3 (Sep., 2001), pp. 527-547

dezcom's picture

Yes, Robert Lepper was one of my favorite professors. Sadly, he died a few years ago.

eliason's picture

Oops. Hey up there, sorry about the extra /t/!

Tell's picture

The invoices I saw were part of an exhibition here in Brisbane. Apparently the largest collection of Warholia ever in one spot.

They had big glass boxes filed with day-to-day items (letters, watches, invoices, photos, etc) from various stages in his life. Very cool.
There was even the hand written lyrics to Heroin by the Velvet Underground (Lou Reed gave them to him apparently).

The one that sticks in my mind (because of the ridiculous price) was an invoice for an NY ad agency, 2 illustrations for $7 and some change. It was written on a typewriter.

I'm sure he would have done some design work, but largely as an adjunct to his illustration. He may even have done some store front window displays? Hmmm.

dezcom's picture

in the 1950's $7 was a 3 hours work

Don McCahill's picture

For some of the budget freelancers that aim for lowest price, $7 is still three hours work.

:)

dezcom's picture

Sad but true, Don.

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