Amazing print designs made without a computer

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There is a long-standing debate (which I will not be addressing today) on whether or not software like the Adobe Creative Suite  enables designers to be creative and design impressive pieces of work.

This post showcases an impressive collection of print designs made without the use of a computer. It highlights some of the front-runners in the world of graphic design including Paul Klee, Abram Games, A.M. Cassandre and more. These designers worked primarily in screen printing, painting, lithography, etc. They did not depend on software or even a computer to create beautiful design. They simply used what resources they had.

What do you think of their work?

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Before leaving, please share with us what you think of these design works.

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About Preston D Lee

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Comments

  1. great list

    thank you

  2. reminds us all of what brilliant work can be created without the use of photoshop or a graphics tablet.

  3. It doesn’t matter what medium is used to make art. Obviously people have been making art much much longer than computers have been around to assist them. However the fact that a piece was composed on a computer or made out of construction paper does not make the art any better or worse.

  4. Nowadays it’s hard to imagine that this kind of stuff can be created without a computer … at least for me ;)

  5. I would say more about the traditional vs digital discussion, but since you’re not going into that with this blog post, I’ll only say this.

    Feet are enough to move us from 1 place to another, yet people still use cars, airplanes, trains etc.

    {most of) These posters are beautiful though! Way to go in honoring our graphic design history.

  6. TGDStudios says:

    Awe, the beautiful, beautiful classics! No matter how many times we see them we still find something wonderful to look at!

  7. The Use Spades not Ships poster is a nice, clever idea!

    A few of these would have been airbrushed.

  8. Man, these designs must have taken sooooo long to make. I’m so thankful for the tools that we have today. It just makes life so much easier, but at the same time, because of all the tools accessible to everyone, lot of people are claiming to be designers nowadays, even though they have no design skills whatsoever.

  9. My great-grandfather was a graphic artist in the early 1900s. He designed the original tootsie roll wrapper without a computer. Some of the prints my family still has are amazing, I cannot believe the time involved though!

  10. Very Cool!

    Jason

  11. @james,
    Interesting thoughts. I agree with you {if I understand what you are really getting at}. There are somethings that the computer helps us do better–I won’t deny that. Let’s see Cassandre design a web page without a computer. ;)

    @DesignInformer
    I agree with you on that one. But you also have to keep in mind that the work that some of these artists were doing in their time was considered to by distasteful. Just a thought.

    @Kylie
    Great to see your comment here! Mmm. Tootsie Rolls. It would be really cool to see those original designs.

    Thanks all, for your great comments.

  12. great work but I can’t believe Toulouse Lautrec wasn’t featured with his Mulin Rouge poster/paintings.

  13. These are amazing artworks.
    when i started as DTP operator 10yrs back in an AD agency my art director was working with airbrush. he did not like me doing it on photoshop :)
    But its really amazing to see him working with airbrush. after seeing it i learned use photoshop more effectively.

    thanks for sharing these artworks.

    nsnaveen

  14. Amazing. Thanks for sharing

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