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Ladislav Sutnar Collection

A work made of printed papers, postcards, typescript papers, books, and a painting..

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  • A work made of printed papers, postcards, typescript papers, books, and a painting..




Ladislav Sutnar (1897-1976)

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Papers of the Czech graphic designer Ladislav Sutnar, known as a pioneer of information architecture. Sutnar’s design work includes the parentheses used to demarcate American area code numbers and the typography of Bell’s 1960s phone directories as well as Dodge’s Sweet’s Catalog Service, where he served as art director from 1941 to 1960.

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Ladislav Sutnar (Designer)


Ladislav Sutnar Collection


Made 1941–1970


Printed papers, postcards, typescript papers, books, and a painting.


1 linear foot (2 boxes) and flatfile materials

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Gift of Radoslav and Elaine Sutnar and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, 2010.

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