Art, Architecture and Penguin Books: Gerald Cinamon's Graphic Design at ICA

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Art, Architecture and Penguin Books: Gerald Cinamon's Graphic Design at ICA
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Promotional Poster, Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 1968
Promotional Poster, Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 1968
Architecture and Art, Penguin, 1964
Architecture and Art, Penguin, 1964
BBC Symphony Orchestra Programme Cover, 1970
BBC Symphony Orchestra Programme Cover, 1970

With the opening of the London Design Festival this week, the ICA celebrates one of the great innovators of graphic design with a retrospective exhibition of graphic designer, book artist and typographer Gerald Cinamon.

Cinamon is known for his spare, bold graphics, strongly influenced by Swiss design. Born in Texas in 1930, he emigrated to the UK at an early age, and eventually rose to become Chief Designer at Penguin Books during the 60s and 70s, in addition to producing work for Monotype and the BBC.

Cinamon's signature minimalist yet strongly evocative style and his architectural letterforms and graphics were considered revolutionary for the time, ushering in a modernist approach to graphic design. Cinamon continues to publish on typographical history. Further to the exhibition, the ICA has also released a catalogue of the exhibition and limited edition prints.

Gerald Cinamon: Collected Work Since 1958 runs until 6 October at the ICA, The Mall. Free Admission.

Last Updated 12 September 2013