Ladislav Sutnar


1897–1976 | BORN: Pilsen, Czechoslovakia | EDUCATION: School of Applied Arts, Charles University, and the Czech Technical University (all in Prague)

Pioneered what we now call information design

Wrote books laying out important guidelines for design systems

Designed catalogs, books, exhibits, toys, and more

Ladislav Sutnar had intended to work in the United States temporarily. But global events kept him in New York, where he built a highly influential design career.

Sutnar’s work designing book covers, theater sets, and exhibitions in Prague led the Czech government to invite him to design the country’s exhibit for the 1939 World’s ...

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