Alvin Lustig’s work as a book, graphic, and typeface designer has been influential long after his death in 1955. His book cover for New Directions Publishing over a ten-year relationship included designs for James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and several Tennessee Williams plays including ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.’ Having been diagnosed with diabetes in his teens, by 1954 he was virtually blind and died at the age of only 40. Lustig said:
I make solutions that nobody wants to problems that don’t exist.—Alvin Lustig
Bradbury Thompson was an American graphic designer and art director known for his work designing magazines. Originally from Kansas, Thompson moved to New York. Across his 60 year career he designed for 35 magazines. Thompson’s only book, his autobiography “The Art of Graphic Design,” was published in 1988 and if you’re lucky you can still find a copy on eBay.