Here are a few interesting peaces of work and thoughts by the graphic designer / art director Cipe Pineles (1908 – 1991; born in Austria; emigrated to New York at early age). Cipe is credited to be the first art director to hire fine artists to illustrate the mass-market publications such as Condé Nast, Glamour, Seventeen, Charm, Vanity Fair, Vogue, etc..
On top of that, she is considered to be “the first woman to be asked to join the all-male New York Art Directors Club and later their Hall of Fame” (1).
During the early 1930s, Condé Nast publications were innovative in their use of European Modernism in magazine design. Typography was simplified and typefaces such asFutura became common. Headlines and text could be anywhere on the page. Photography took precedence over fashion illustration and was reproduced large on the page, bleeding off to create “landscapes” or transgressing across the gutter. Space expanded as purely decorative elements disappeared and margins were opened.
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