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This is a retro designed poster mimicking the International Typographic Style of the mid 50's to the mid 70's. I saw this poster on a website where the artist is selling prints of his work. The quality of his work is pretty well done, a lot of his designs that claim to be of Swiss style are somewhat off. This particular poster seems to get it pretty right. It has the flush left and ragged right font setting, abstract shapes that are asymmetrical. The font is also a sans-serif that would have been predominately used during that period. I was attracted to this piece when looking through a website called Touch of Modern. It really seemed to fit with the theme.

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This is a World War II propaganda poster. It doesn't have a year associated with it, but I am going to say it was created in the mid 40's. It does have a publisher at the bottom and it states that is was published by the house of Seagram in New York city. It's function was to inform the public that if they were to talk to the wrong person, that information might get out and have adverse affects. I saw this poster in the museum of science and industry in Chicago. It is with their German u-boat exhibit.
The quality of the artwork is pretty standard for its time. The letters are hand drawn and the shapes have been cut out. As printing was still a challenge in the 40's I believe the reproduction was done quite well. This poster follows the graphic style of the modern movement in America. I was initially drawn to this piece because my grandfather served in the navy during World War II. I was going to share this piece of American history with him.

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This is a label for a bottle of wine. Now that I am in this class I am starting to see certain inspirations from the graphic art periods. I saw this in a art design magazine and it screamed Swiss/International. The quality of the art work is hard to tell through this scan, but I do enjoy the flush typeface with a a real strong use of a grid. The international style has to be one of my favorite periods so this easily caught my eye.

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I found this image in How magazine while doing my essay. I believe it is an advertisement. It has a dot com address at the bottom. Unfortunately I am unable to make it out so I can't accurately describe its function. The image has a lot of detailed illustration in it. It is very symmetrical with banners and tapestries. This tells me that its inspiration is from the Victorian period. It has a very classical look and even though it hasn't been around to long it looks very established. While I was flipping through the pages of How magazine this image caught my eye and I knew that I had to include it in my blog.

Art Deco is found at 42nd street and Lexington Avenue.

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This is the Chrysler building in the lower east side of midtown Manhattan in New York City.
It is an Art Deco inspired architectural structure that was finished in 1930 during the Early Modern and Art Deco movements.  I initially received a postcard from my sister when she visited New York City in the early 2000's. Reading about the movement this week reminded me of this postcard. The designs for the building were created by William Van Allen for Walter P Chrysler. The spire has a very strong Art Deco inspiration that was popular around the mid 20's to the late 30's.