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American Graphic Design Pioneer Lester Beall

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21 Jan 2010
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The Estate of Lester Beall has launched a website about American Graphic Design Pioneer Lester Beall (1903 - 1969).

The Estate of Lester Beall was seeking a web presence with a vintage modern approach. Greg Chinn has found a way to showcase the history of Lester Beall, emphasizing the early developmental career, pioneering work and lifestyle, while adding to the visual language of the time period.
The website was created from a very personal point of view. Greg Chinn is married to the youngest Beall grandaughter and his great respect and affection for the work is evident.

Beall, whose work was considered avant-garde, was the first graphic designer to have a One Man Show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1937, inducted into the Art Director's Club Hall of Fame in 1972 and awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by AIGA in 1993. Design historian, R. Roger Remington has written a book, Lester Beall: Trailblazer of American Graphic Design (1996). 

Rural Electrification Administration posters - Series One 1937

The site is framed by the words of Lester’s wife, Dorothy Miller Beall, from the December 1969 issue of the Journal of The American Institute of Graphic Arts. Functioning as a primer to Beall’s work, the website shows salient examples from his iconic portfolio. Viewers can see Beall’s early design work, drawings/paintings from the family's personal collection and peek inside his working Dumbarton Farm design studio in Brookfield, Connecticut.

Rural Electrification Administration posters - Series Three 1947

All pictures © Estate of Lester Beall

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