A Paul Rand Miscellany

Design Quarterly (1984)

8.5 x 11 softcover magazine with 34 pages designed by guest designer and editorial subject Paul Rand. The content of this issue is a thoughtful pre-publication abridgement of Rand's A Designer's Art from 1985, which was itself an updating of his 1947 Thoughts on Design.


Design Quarterly began as Everyday Art Quarterly, published by the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis starting in 1946. The editorial focus aimed to bring modern design to the masses through thoughtful examination of household objects and their designers. Everyday Art Quarterly was a vocal proponent of the Good Design movement (as represented by MoMA and Chicago's Merchandise Mart) and spotlighted the best in industrial and handcrafted design. When the magazine became Design Quarterly in 1958, the editors assumed a more international flair in their selection of material to spotlight.

This issue of Design Quarterly is truly an amazing item in terms of its form and content: high quality printing and clean, functional design and typography and reproduction make this an A item for any Rand collection.

— Randall Ross of modernism101.com

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