Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A great piece of design.

It isn't often that I bump into a bit of copy, a headline or a graphic that rings my bell. But this one has. It's for the Criterion re-release of a Charlie Chaplin masterpiece, "The Great Dictator."

In it, Chaplin plays both a poor Jewish barber and the Tomanian dictator, Adenoid Hynkel.

So much graphic design, like so much of everything else, is meaningless and superfluous. Mere decoration.

This piece, in addition to being artful and lovely, is intelligent and--heaven forfend--funny.


Occasional Maunderings said...

It's quite delightful. Have you seen the book, 'A Smile in the Mind'? This piece of work would fit in there very easily.

george tannenbaum said...

I'll check it out, OM.