El Lissitzky


1890–1941 | BORN: Pochinok, Russia | EDUCATION: Technische Hochschule, Polytechnic Institute of Riga

Influenced the design of books, exhibitions, and type

Pioneered the use of diagonal axes, asymmetry, white space, and bold sans serif type

Believed that visual communication could reach the uneducated masses and prompt social and political change


Letterhead, 1926

It’s not surprising that Russian designer El Lissitzky drew influence from the Suprematists early in his career; his work often combined elements on a strong diagonal axis, ...

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