Mid-century modern graphic design: a designer's guide

The enduring attraction of mid-century modern design is one trend that doesn’t seem to be going away. But while we all know mid-century modern furniture – the iconic Eames’ chairs; George Nelson’s lighting – what about mid-century modern graphic design? 

What does it look like? When and why did it evolve? And which designers and artists pioneered the movement? If you’re in need of a quick primer, here’s everything you need to know about mid-century modern graphic design…

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Emily Gosling

Emily Gosling is a freelance art and design journalist currently writing for titles including Creative Review, Eye on Design, Creative Boom and People of Print. She’s previously worked at Elephant magazine, It’s Nice That and Design Week, and was editor of Type Notes magazine. Her book Creative Minds Don’t Think Alike was published by Ilex Press in 2018, and she also plays bass as one-quarter of the eight-titted beast, Superstation Twatville.