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Poster, Ontwerpen van Tanaka, Ikko [Ikko Tanaka Graphics], 1965

This is a poster. It was designed by Pieter Brattinga. It is dated 1965 and we acquired it in 2000. Its medium is offset lithography on white paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Pieter Brattinga, with Willem Sandberg and Wim Crouwel, ranks among the leading figures who helped re-establish Dutch prowess in graphic design in the postwar period—particularly in the 1950s and 1960s. World War II had been devastating to the Dutch communications industry, and Dutch designers worked hard to rebuild the country’s cultural life and economy. They drew inspiration from the De Stijl movement (such as the work of designers Piet Zwart and Paul Schuitema) as well as the innovations of Swiss graphic design. Brattinga and others helped to forge the modern concepts of “functional total design,” which provided distinctive systems of unified visual identity programs for business firms, government agencies, and cultural institutions.
Brattinga learned the printing business from his father’s printing firm, De Jong & Co., located in Brattinga’s birthplace of Hilversum, near Amsterdam.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Simple Yet Bold.

This object was donated by Pieter Brattinga. It is credited Gift of Pieter Brattinga.

Its dimensions are

62.9 x 38.1 cm (24 3/4 x 15 in. )

It is inscribed

Printed in white ink, lower left: 27 maart tot 27 mei 1965/ 10.00 - 11.30/14.00 - 17.00 uur/ zaterdags en zondags gesloten; lower right: kantine/ steendrukkerij de Jong & Co/ printers, imprimeurs, drucker/ offset-lithographic/ 's-gravelandseweg, 19, hilversum, holland. Printed vertically in white ink, lower right: onterwerp: pieter brattinga g.k.f. Printed in black ink, center: ontwerpen/ van/ tomaka, ikko.

Cite this object as

Poster, Ontwerpen van Tanaka, Ikko [Ikko Tanaka Graphics], 1965. offset lithography on white paper. Gift of Pieter Brattinga. 2000-75-1.

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