23 Jul

Saying good-bye to Heinz Edelmann

Esteemed designer and illustrator Heinz Edelmann passed away on Tuesday. I had the great pleasure of getting to know him a little bit while coordinating his gift to the Glaser Archives. He quickly became one of my favorite people to chat with; despite his deteriorating health, he was always charming and extremely funny. His mordant sense of humor betrayed a clear frustration with the current state of the world. Above are a couple of pages from his 2008 holiday card.

I feel very sad, but also grateful that we’ll be able help keep his legacy alive through his amazing body of work.

Enjoy a few of the acclaimed posters he produced for Germany’s Westdeutscher Rundfunk radio station after the jump. And click here for a characteristically witty and illuminating interview with Edelmann in Graphis.

Heinz Edelmann Collection, drawer 8 folder 61, 1982

Heinz Edelmann Collection, drawer 10 folder 68, 1979

Heinz Edelmann Collection, drawer 10 folder 41, 1983

Heinz Edelmann Collection, drawer 11 folder 74, 1990

23 July 2009
Heinz Edelmann