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Saying good-bye to Heinz Edelmann
July 23, 2013

Saying good-bye to Heinz Edelmann

Esteemed designer and illustrator Heinz Edelmann passed away on Tuesday. I had the great pleasure of getting to know him a little bit while coordinating his gift to the Glaser Archives. He quickly became one of my favorite people to chat with; despite his deteriorating health, he was always charming and extremely funny. His mordant sense of humor betrayed a clear frustration with the current state of the world. Above are a couple of pages from his 2008 holiday card.

I feel very sad, but also grateful that we’ll be able help keep his legacy alive through his amazing body of work.

Enjoy a few of the acclaimed posters he produced for Germany’s Westdeutscher Rundfunk radio station after the jump. And click here for a characteristically witty and illuminating interview with Edelmann in Graphis.

Illustration of smiling peas in a pod; black and white text is overlayed

Heinz Edelmann Collection, drawer 8 folder 61, 1982

Bright illustration of an old fashioned radio with muscular arms and short legs

Heinz Edelmann Collection, drawer 10 folder 68, 1979

Rough black and white illustration of a happy man walking next to two large ears with legs

Heinz Edelmann Collection, drawer 10 folder 41, 1983

Cartoonish, colorful painting of a birdlike creature sticking a beak into the head of a screaming blue humanoid creature; against a purple and red background

Heinz Edelmann Collection, drawer 11 folder 74, 1990