Blickfang: Bucheinbände und Schutzumschläge Berliner Verlage 1919–1933

Illus. and design by Oskar Garvens, book cover, Germany, 1925

Illus. and design by Oskar Garvens, book cover, Germany, 1925


This massive book features a thousand images, and it was not easy to select only twenty-five. Graphic design titans like Jan Tschichold, George Salter, Herbert Bayer, and Herbert Matter rub shoulders with Hans Bellmer, John Heartfield, Hanna Hoch, and a gaggle of Expressionists and Dadaists. It’s an overwhelming visual feast summed up by new favorite German word “Blickfang”: “eye catcher.””

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