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El Lissitzky (Lazar Markovich Lissitzky) 1890–1941


El Lissitzky (Lazar Markovich Lissitzky) was a Russian born artist, designer, typographer, photographer and architect. The avant-garde artist left behind him a profound impact on the world of art and design.  His visual concepts were considered a breakthrough and helped to shape graphic design as we know it today.  Here are a few of his design philosophies:

“The artist constructs a new symbol with his brush.  This symbol is not a recognizable form of anything which already existing in the world, which is being built upon and which exists by way of people.”

“Typographical design should perform optically what the speaker creates through voice and gesture of his thoughts.”

“We believe that the elements in the chemical formula of our creative work, problem, invention, and art, correspond to the challenges of our age.”


Images:  Courtesy of various sources.