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Anton Stankowski (June
18, 1906 - December 11, 1998) was a German graphic designer, photographer
and painter. He developed an original Theory of Design and pioneered
Constructive Graphic Art. Typical Stankowski designs attempt to illustrate
processes or behaviours rather than objects. Such experiments resulted in
the use of fractal-like structures long before their popularisation by
Benoit Mandelbrot in 1975.
Anton Stankowski was born in Gelsenkirchen, Westphalia. Before embarking
on the profession of graphic designer, Stankowski worked as a decorator
and church painter. In 1927 he attended the Folkwang Academy with fellow
photographer, Max Burchartz.
Stankowski's work is noted for straddling the camps of fine and applied
arts by synthesising information and creative impulse. He was inspired by
the abstract paintings of Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg, Malevich and
Kandinsky. Stankowski advocated graphic design as a field of pictorial
creation that requires collaboration with free artists and scientists.
Despite producing many unique examples of concrete art and photo-graphics,
Stankowski is best known for designing the simple trademark of the
By 1980, Stankowski had produced a volume of trademarks for clients in
Germany and Switzerland. In 1983, he established the Stankowski Foundation
to award others for bridging the domains of fine and applied art.
Following his death in December 1998, the German Artist Federation awarded
Anton Stankowski the honorary Harry Graf Kessler Award for his life work.
Protocol of Time in a Car
Pea Pod, Photogram
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