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Graphic Designer: Bradbury Thompson
By K. Lee Goodrick
Patrick Kirk
ARTD 201
Due: March 28, 2007

Bradbury Thompson (1911 – 1995) is often times called the "father of modern design" and considered a pioneer among graphic designers (Father). As early as high school, Bradbury showed a keen talent in the field of graphic design. He jumpstarted his career when working in New York; and from that point he undertook many projects that made him famous. Among those projects includes designing stamps for the postal office, redesigning World Book Encyclopedia, Chicago Daily News, and even the Holy Bible. His work was not overlooked and Bradbury received several awards for his works. Bradbury Thompson has left a very positive and successful mark as being one the most talented graphic designers of the past century. Bradbury Thompson was born in the year 1911 in Topeka Kansas. He attended and graduated from Topeka High School. Even in high school, Bradbury was very active and a over achiever. He was the president of his senior class; captain of the track team; and editor of two Kaw yearbooks. After High School, Bradbury went to Washburn College where he studied economics. Bradbury graduated from Washburn College in 1934 with his bachelor's degree. As early as 1938, just a few years after college, Bradbury left Kansas to work at Rogers'Kellog and Stillson in New York City, New York. While in New York he started to design the graphic arts publication Westvaco Inspirations. Westvaco Inspirations is a publication produced by the West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company to promote paper sales. Bradbury became well know for his design of over sixty successful covers that caught the eye of many newsstand browsers. Bradbury's work at Westvaco Inspirations company prepared him for one of his most famous pieces of work; the Alphabet 26 (Hoffman). Alphabet 26 was a project to improve our current alphabet system by simplifying the letters. He gave the letters a color...
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