Paul Rand

American, 1914-1996

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Paul Rand

American, 1914-1996

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Graphic designer Paul Rand once wrote, “Good design adds value of some kind, gives meaning, and, not incidentally, can be sheer pleasure to behold.” Rand produced good design for six decades, creating magazine layouts, posters, children’s books, book covers, and the branding for many of America’s most recognizable corporate identities, all of which embody the visual clarity and dynamic compositions for which he is known. Rand’s best-known designs are celebrated for their visual wit. For the UPS logo he designed in 1961, Rand set a neatly tied package atop a shield bearing the company’s name, juxtaposing the whimsy of the parcel against the pomposity of the coat of arms. Rand also famously developed a graphic program for IBM in 1956, supplementing it in 1981 with the brilliant Eye-Bee-M poster, which reimagined the company’s logo as a rebus. “I steered towards humorous things,” Rand said. “People who don’t have a sense of humor really have serious problems.”

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Graphic designer Paul Rand once wrote, “Good design adds value of some kind, gives meaning, and, not incidentally, can be sheer pleasure to behold.” Rand produced good design for six decades, creating magazine layouts, posters, children’s books, book covers, and the branding for many of America’s most recognizable corporate identities, all of which embody the visual clarity and dynamic compositions for which he is known. Rand’s best-known designs are celebrated for their visual wit. For the UPS logo he designed in 1961, Rand set a neatly tied package atop a shield bearing the company’s name, juxtaposing the whimsy of the parcel against the pomposity of the coat of arms. Rand also famously developed a graphic program for IBM in 1956, supplementing it in 1981 with the brilliant Eye-Bee-M poster, which reimagined the company’s logo as a rebus. “I steered towards humorous things,” Rand said. “People who don’t have a sense of humor really have serious problems.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Instituion
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum