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Graphic Identities

The Powerhouse Museum has dug into its collection to bring us eight influential designers from the worlds of advertising, publishing and fine art.
By Marissa Ciampi
February 22, 2021
By Marissa Ciampi
February 22, 2021

Explore the works of eight highly lauded 20th-century designers in the Powerhouse's upcoming Graphic Identities exhibition, part of Sydney Design Week 2021. The long-running exhibition will bring together archived work from pre-digital designers who've shaped modern Australian culture through advertising, publishing, fine arts and textiles — and whose designs led to the creation of brands like David Jones, National Trust of Australia, Dri-Glo, Tourism Australia and the Reserve Bank.

It'll include artworks that spans pre-digital commercial and graphic design, typography, collage, illustration, printmaking and painting. Featured designers include Douglas Annand, Frances Burke, Gordon Andrews and Arthur Leydin, all of whom were crucial to the history of Australian design.

Image: 'Currency' magazine covers, Reserve Bank of Australia, designed by Alistair Morrison, 1690–66, Powerhouse Collection

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