Saturday, August 02, 2008

Vanity Fair Type: 1930 Style

Imaginary Interviews by Miguel Covarrubias, from December 1931 issue.

In 1929, Vanity Fair magazine, the jewel in the crown of Condé Nast’s publishing empire, made typographic history. Influenced by Modern design trends throughout Europe, especially the Bauhaus, art director Dr. Mehemed Fehmy Agha introduced Paul Renner's Futura — and also did away with all capital letters in headlines on columns and feature articles.

The result was at once jarring and elegant — illustrating the capital M of Modernism, through the sole use of lowercase letters. It was also an indication that Frank Crownishield (then editor of Vanity Fair), a highly respected literary figure and social bon vivant, and Mr. Nast, one of the most powerful men in mainstream publishing, trusted their Ukraine-born art director enough to let him challenge convention.

Read the entire Stephen Heller article Vanity Fair Type: 1930 Style and once again, thanks to the wicked smart folks over at Design Observer.
Vanity Fair Type: 1930 Style

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