Last fall I started teaching. My first class was History of Visual Communications, one of my favorites as a student. When I was in school I loved learning about the rich visual history of graphic design, feeling as though maybe there was some way my own career could contribute to the great succession of work we studied. What I found was that being able to retain the knowledge imparted in that class would allow me the opportunity to create a much stronger vocabulary of my own, both visually and verbally.

To this day I love coming across a designer’s work that maybe we didn’t cover in that class, but still holds an important place in the larger design timeline. I really can’t recall where I came across the work done by Stefan Kanchev, but I know I will be sharing it with my students come this fall when I teach that course again. Kanchev was a Bulgarian-born designer whose catalogue of symbols, trademarks and logos find their place easily amongst the corporate identity invasion of the Swiss International Style. These clean, modern marks are everything I’ve come to love about the 1960s visual communication era.