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The Push Pin Way – The Interdisciplinary Work of Seymour Chwast

by . June 22nd, 2012

A list of contemporary graphic designers would be incomplete without Seymour Chwast. As co-founder of Push Pin Studios with fellow graphic designers Milton Glaser, Edward Sorel, and Reynold Ruffins, he worked on different projects that included poster designs, book illustrations, and magazine covers. His illustrations are characterized by his playful and expressive style. Critics haven’t been able to categorize his different works because of the different influences seen on each piece. It was eventually called the Push Pin Style — the diverse union of illustration and design derived, according to Chwast, not from premeditation but from the requisites of the assignments themselves. In 1985, he was awarded the AIGA Medal which is given to individuals for their outstanding contribution to the field of design. Museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. have his posters in their collections.

 

Here are samples of his simple yet brilliant designs. His influence on graphic design spanned decades of his hard work, it’s no wonder that most graphic designers know and try to imitate his style.

 

Packaging Design

 

Giftboxes by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Beer Label and Cartoon by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Perrier Packaging by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Posters and Illustrations

 

The Pancake King Book Illustration by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Still Another Alphabet Book by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Sporty Cat Illustration by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Push Pin Graphic by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Push Pin Calendar 1975 by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Unreliable Diagrams and Charts by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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My Best Work by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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17 by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Bulldog by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Puccini Festival Poster by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Poster2 by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Poster by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Picasso Poster by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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NYC Sourcebook Poster by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Nicholas Nickleby poster by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Exhibit Poster by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Earth Day 1991 Poster by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Abolish War Poster by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Book and Magazine Covers

 

Book by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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It's Easy to Play Accordion by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Still Another Alphabet Book 2 by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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The Atlantic cover by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Type Design

 

Type Design by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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Alphabet by Seymour Chwast via YouTheDesigner.com
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