Anton Stankowski

Anton Stankowski’s was a German graphic designer, photographer and painter. He developed an original Theory of Design and pioneered Constructive Graphic Art. Anton had a long, varied and highly interesting career that spanned more than five decades.

Anton Stankowski was a late modernist designer who created revolutionary concrete art, logos, memorable corporate identities, and highly innovative information materials. His influence on typography, photography and graphic design was international in scope and Stankowski’s name is also connected with the origins of the Constructive Graphic Art.

Anton’s typical designs attempt to illustrate processes or behaviours rather than objects. His devotion towards the art of painting increased during the mid-1970s, although he was always seen as one of central figures in the Constructive-Concrete style.
Anton’s designs are very interesting, not because they pretend to be something desirable, but because of the way the information is set in dynamic motion.

Anton’s unique contribution to typography, especially the book jacket he designed for Magdalene Droste’s book on Bauhaus, earned him an unforgettable place in history. His work still lives on, especially as many of his logos are still in use today by the big corporations that hired him back in the 1970’s and 80’s.

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