Exhibition documentation of “John & Marilyn Neuhart: An Archive of Mid- Century Graphic Design”

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"This exhibition, drawn entirely from the John and Marilyn Neuhart Papers, showcases a variety of materials pertaining to the Neuharts' research and design work. In addition to exquisite samples of the Neuharts' own work that was designed and printed under the banner "Hand Press," the exhibit features a rich selection of ephemera from their comprehensive research files on the Eames Office, including Herman Miller's original order sheets and posters for the Eames line of furniture. Also featured is a selection of original artifacts and ephemera from the career of Alexander Girard, another giant of mid-century design. Similar to the Eames material in the archives, the Girard materials were assembled while the Neuharts’ conducted their research for a proposed book on the designer. Through the wide range of items on display, what emerges are the intersections of modern design with other sectors of society, such as government, culture, education, science and technology. John Neuhart passed away at the age of 83, on September 19, 2011. Marilyn’s passion for design continues and can be found in her sewing, quilting, and model constructions."—https://www.library.ucla.edu/events/john-marilyn-neuhart-archive-mid-century-graphic-design

Paste-up typography for cover of Alexander Girard: Architect & Designer by Marilyn and John Neuhart (unpublished), 1990s ( Above left: lettering of each name, kerned by hand/ Right: paste-up using completed kerned and touched-up lettering in design element for book cover)

Book cover design for Alexander Girard: Architect & Designer by Marilyn and John Neuhart (unpublished), 1990s (Above left: Color design. Color marker on tissue/ Above right: Paste-up)

Note from Frederick A. Usher to the Neuharts, ca.1999.

Pencil sketch, and typeface shown in development. Designed by John Neuhart. In 1965, Alexander Girard was commissioned by Braniff Airlines to create an entirely new identity. John Neuhart was commissioned by Girard to design a typeface for the new identity that could be utilized on all applications— from printed materials to the exterior of the airplanes.

Pencil sketch, and typeface shown in development. Design by John Neuhart. In 1965, Alexander Girard was commissioned by Braniff Airlines to create an entirely new identity. John Neuhart was commissioned by Girard to design a typeface for the new identity that could be utilized on all applications— from printed materials to the exterior of the airplanes.

Dolls designed and fabricated (hand sewn) by Marilyn Neuhart for the Textiles & Objects shop. Marilyn was commissioned to create a number of dolls for the opening of the shop, and had created nearly 2,000 within a few years.

History of The Hand Press, quotes from Marilyn Neuhart 2014.

Poster announcing 1955 opening to introduce new fabrics designed by Alexander Girard for Herman Miller, Inc.

Letter from the Type Directors Club, 1957.

Invitation. September 24, 1959. Herman Miller Showroom, 8406 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles. Premiere showing of recent additions to the Herman Miller Textile Collection designed by Alexander Girard, A.I.A., and to visit with Charles Eames and Alexander Girard.

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