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Post graduation, Sutnar worked on wooden toys, puppets, costumes, and stage design. Also, he contributed to exhibition design as well as teaching and the design of magazines, books, porcelain products and textiles. While still in Prague, Sutnar was an Artel Cooperative member. Medium included ceramics, textiles, carpets, furniture, and metal aiming to visually improve the experiences of daily life. The organization came to an end in Then in he went to the Pressa international exhibition, taking responsibility for the Czech pavilion there.
He was accompanied by Augustin Tschinkel. Sutnar continued his work in exhibition design and received a Gold Medal at the Barcelona Exhibition. Due to its cancellation, he chose to settle in New York leaving his family behind in Prague as Nazi control continued there.
In , he became art director of F. The company produced and distributed trade and manufacturing catalogues. Sutnar implemented both typographic and iconographic characters that enabled viewers to quickly and successfully navigate through an overwhelming amount of information. He did this by making use of grids, tabs, icons, and symbols. Their reductive approach aimed for clarity and simplicity for all users with " active design elements".
He continued his typographic design for advertising and corporations as he was art director for Theatre Arts magazine for ten years. He also created trends in glassware and flatware products. This addition allowed much easier access to normal and emergency services. The reason for lack of credit lies in the fact that Bell System considered "graphic designers as transparent as the function graphics they designed.
Sutnar himself said that the absence of these organizational methods and simplified legibility makes everyday activities much more difficult to accomplish. Graphic design was responding to the growing pace of information standards and the need to communicate faster. His work was based on rationality and the process of displaying massive amounts of information in a concise and organized way to benefit the general viewer.
Typography and a limited color palette was stressed in his work. He often used punctuation symbols to help organize information, but his signature creation was the idea to place parentheses around the area codes in telephone books.
He was heavily influenced by the ideas of Modernism and his work was well structured. His strong use of diagonal elements, typography and imagery more strongly conveys his design style to be classified as Constructivism. Space is divided into white and black areas and consist of elements with symbolism. More strongly, his work connected with the Bauhaus fundamentals.
His work is simple but suggests motion with vivid colors and directional patterns. It was an album of 12 erotic silk-screen prints. His racy Strip Street compilation has been relatively forgotten. He wrote an essay to accompany these works. Published books[ edit ] Catalog Design was a handbook by Sutnar in for trade catalogs using constructivist principles. Catalog Design Progress by Sutnar and Holm solved sales and advertising problems by focusing on product information and "living standards" of all forms of information design.
It was based on the idea that logical compositions would enable quick access to common information. Composed of four parts, it begins with patterns influenced by industrialization, such as street patterns and transportation. Part two features visual features of design, typography, pictures, charts, and covers. Color, shape, and size are used as tools to direct eye movement. Part three directs structural or layout features, i.
The last part is devoted to fundamental design principles: form and flow. Package Design: the Force of Visual Selling Visual Design in Action argues for future advances in graphic design and defines design.
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