History: 1st Presidential TV Debate in 1960

History: 1st Presidential TV Debate in 1960
On this day in 1960, for the first time in U.S. history, a debate between major party presidential candidates is shown on television. The presidential hopefuls, John F. Kennedy, a Democratic senator of Massachusetts, and Richard M. Nixon, the vice president of the United States, met in a Chicago studio to discuss U.S. domestic matters. It was the first of four televised debates. On November 8, 1960, Kennedy won 49.7 percent of the popular vote in one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history, surpassing by a fraction the 49.6 percent received by his Republican opponent.

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Today in History: Herbert Leupin dies in 1999

Today in History: Herbert Leupin dies in 1999

Swiss poster and advertising designer Herbert Leupin was born in Beinwil am See in 1919. Leupin studied in Basel (1932-1935) and Paris (1936-1937) before opening his own graphic design studio in 1939. He quickly emerged as one of the most important poster artists in Switzerland winning many awards in the annual “Best Swiss Posters” competition. Leupin is famous for his fresh, original and humorous illustrative style. His poster creations for Coca-Cola, Swissair, Rolex, Eptinger, and Knie – to name a few of his clients – are famous around the world. Many of his posters have become highly collectible items. Leupin created several hundred posters in his lifetime and has received important awards in Switzerland, Germany, and the United States. Since 1970, he worked mainly as a painter. He passed away in 1999.

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Today in History: Paul Rand born in 1914

Today in History: Paul Rand born in 1914

Paul Rand (born Peretz Rosenbaum; August 15, 1914 – November 26, 1996) was an American art director and graphic designer, best known for his corporate logo designs, including the logos for IBM, UPS, Enron, Morningstar, Inc., Westinghouse, ABC, and NeXT. He was one of the first American commercial artists to embrace and practice the Swiss Style of graphic design. Source: wikipedia.org.

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Today in History: Richard Paul Lohse born in 1902

Today in History: Richard Paul Lohse born in 1902

Richard Paul Lohse was born in Zürich in 1902.  In 1918, Lohse joined the advertising agency Max Dalang where he trained to be an advertising artist. In the 1930s, his work as a graphic artist and book designer put him among the pioneers of modern Swiss graphic design. In 1937 Lohse, with Leo Leuppi, co-founded Allianz, an association of Swiss modern artists. In 1953 he published the book “New Design in Exhibitions”, in 1958, he became co-editor of the magazine Neue Grafik/New Graphic Design. Important exhibitions and publications help the Swiss painter and graphic artist become and one of the main representatives of the concrete and constructive art movements of the 20thj century. Lohse died in Zürich in 1988.

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Today in History: Siegfried Odermatt born in 1926

Today in History: Siegfried Odermatt born in 1926

Siegfried Odermatt called himself a self-taught graphic designer. From 1943 to 1946 he was a freelance collaborator with the painter Hans Falk. Since 1968, he ran a design studio with Rosmarie Tissi. Both have a reputation as pioneers in graphic design. Odermatt has received numerous international distinctions and awards. On the occasion of their poster exhibition at the German Poster Museum in Essen Sigi and Rosmarie’s hand and footprints were marked in concrete. He designed the book Odermatt & Tissi, Graphic Design (1993), showcasing their work, and 100+3 Swiss Posters (1998), containing a selection from his comprehensive and excellent poster collection. Source: Alliance Graphique Internationale.

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Today in History: New Amsterdam becomes New York in 1664

Today in History: New Amsterdam becomes New York in 1664

New York City traces its origins to a trading post founded by colonists from the Dutch Republic in 1624 on Lower Manhattan; the post was named New Amsterdam in 1626. The city and its surroundings came under English control in 1664 and were renamed New York after King Charles II of England granted the lands to his brother, the Duke of York. New York served as the capital of the United States from 1785 until 1790. It has been the country’s largest city since 1790. The Statue of Liberty greeted millions of immigrants as they came to the Americas by ship in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and is a world symbol of the United States and its ideals of liberty and peace. Source: wikipedia.org

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Today in History: Oskar Schlemmer born in 1888

Today in History: Oskar Schlemmer born in 1888

Oskar Schlemmer was a German painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer associated with the Bauhaus school. Schlemmer studied at the Stuttgart Art Academy. Between 1920 and 1929, he taught at the Bauhaus in Weimar and later at the Breslau Art School. In 1923 he was hired as Master of Form at the Bauhaus theatre workshop, after working some time at the workshop of sculpture. His perhaps most famous work is “Triadisches Ballett,” in which the actors are transfigured from the normal to geometrical shapes.

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Today in History: Josef Müller-Brockmann passed away in 1996

Today in History: Josef Müller-Brockmann passed away in 1996

Josef Müller-Brockmann studied architecture, design, and history of art at the Kunstgewerbeschule and the University in Zurich. At the age of 22, he opened his own studio with a focus on graphic design, exhibition design, and photography. His objective design practices led to the breakthrough of the “Swiss Style” during the 1950s. In 1958, Müller-Brockmann became the founder and co-editor (until 1965) of the journal Neue Grafik (New Graphic Design), spreading the principles of Swiss Design internationally. Müller-Brockmann never allowed his designs to be influenced by trends or styles but followed his own aesthetics and ethics. His posters provided numerous institutions and companies with a convincing graphic appearance and became a model in their quality. Müller-Brockmann passed away on August 30, 1996 in Zurich.

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe born in 1794

Today in History: German writer and scientist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was born today in 1794

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Today in History: First America’s Cup held in 1851

Today in History: First America’s Cup held in 1851

The America’s Cup is awarded to the winner of a race between sailing yachts. Thought to be the oldest international sporting trophy to be still awarded today, the cup’s name was changed from Hundred Guinea Cup to America’s Cup after the name of the yacht that won the first race on this day, led by Commodore John Cox Stevens,

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