Richard Paul Lohse was not merely a painter and graphic artist of radical constructive stringency and astonishing sensual colour energy. He was also a thinker who reflected on his art and society, and who was passionately committed to social justice.

The older my eyes get, the harder it seems to be to find surprises. But the work of Richard Paul Lohse has been a reminder of the joy that can come from seeking out those surprises. The basis for this theme, an advertisement by Lohse for Wohnbedarf, around 1965, is a design I’d never set eyes on, until recently. Despite it’s bare structure, the image has a strong visual impact, and I was amazed I’d never seen this before. It strikes me as the perfect foundation for an online experience. Translating the design from a flat and static medium to an interactive and layered one has been a challenge. Slight liberties have been taken in order to make that experience more enjoyable, but all in all, I hope that it pays due homage to the roots of graphic design, and especially Lohse, an under-appreciated master.

Please be sure to visit the Richard Paul Lohse Foundation. And special thanks to Nitzan of Edit, who is the brainchild of the Vertical Rhythm project, for giving me the opportunity.

11.19.10
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