Join Sean Adams for an in-depth discussion in this video Bruce Rogers, part of Foundations of Graphic Design History: The Arts and Crafts Movement.
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- Bruce Rogers is recognized…as one of the greatest book designers of the 20th century.…He was urbane, scholarly, and meticulous.…Throughout his life, he maintained a preference…for classical typography, and rejected modernism.…During the second-half of the 20th century,…he was disregarded, or deemed irrelevant,…as the international style of modern design…and sans-serif fonts moved to the forefront,…but we can look back now, without that prejudice,…and recognize the incredible brilliance of Rogers.…
Like Frank Lloyd Wright, Rogers was born in the Midwest.…He studied to be an artist at Purdue University,…but after seeing work from William Morris's Kelmscott press,…Rogers moved to Boston…to learn about book design and making.…In 1895, he began designing books…for the Riverside Press,…using Morris's theories and techniques.…He printed on hand-made papers,…and favored classical forms, symmetry, and order.…He traditionally used classic fonts,…such as Caslon, Baskerville, and Garamond,…but designed his own as well.…
Sean reviews the factors leading to the rise of Arts and Crafts, and the designers and companies who led the charge, including William Morris, Gustav Stickley, and Frank Lloyd Wright. Since Arts and Crafts spanned more than print, Sean reviews its impact on architecture, textile and furniture design, ceramics and glasswork, and bookmaking. He also explains what led to the decline of the Arts and Crafts movement , and how its influence on contemporary design lives on.