Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Vintage Dinosaur Art: Ivan Chermayeff

This will be a quick one today, featuring a poster rather than a book. In 1982, legendary graphic designer Ivan Chermayeff designed a poster for the American Museum of Natural History in New York, advertising free admission on Friday and Saturday nights.

 Poster design by Ivan Chermayeff; image courtesy the AIGA design archives.

You know you're a design bigwig if you're signing your work. A delightful bit of modernist design, playing on the upright forms of theropods that stalked museum halls before the dinosaur renaissance. Chermayeff likely got the gig thanks to the Mobil connection, as Mobil was one of the Chermayeff & Geismar design studio's big clients, and most enduring logo designs.

I do have a bunch of books to scan, and I know Marc always has something in the works, so I'm sure we'll be back on our usual Vintage Dinosaur Art schedule soon. This post also gives me the idea to look for more dinosaurs used in poster design, so I'll start rooting around and see what I can find.


  1. I can promise one for next week - Dinosaur Babies. In addition, I acquired a book full of awesome artwork when I was in the Netherlands recently, so there's that too.

  2. this is awesome. That's the year I was born.


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