This material was the working collection of designer and typographer, Charles Hasler (1908-1992). It’s now a great resource if you are interested in nineteenth and twentieth century printing, typography and ephemera, or if you are looking for visual inspiration for creative projects.
Charles Hasler played a significant role in many high-profile exhibitions, displays, poster campaigns and book publishing in Britain from the mid-1930s to the mid-1980s.
He was interested in the newly emerging field of packaging and branding and in the role of typographical design. His collection reflects his keen interest in all kinds of printed material and includes postcards, playbills, sheet music, packaging and posters dating from the nineteenth century onwards
During the Second World War, Charles Hasler was an exhibition designer for the Ministry of Information and the Central Office of Information. He worked on displays such as ‘Dig For Victory’, ‘Make Do and Mend’ and ‘Nation and the Child’. After the war he became a senior designer and chairman of the Typographic Panel for the Festival of Britain of 1951.
Throughout his career Hasler was involved with the education and professional development of print and graphic designers. His collection continues to be a great visual resource for artists and designers, as well as for historians of twentieth century graphic design.
We’ve put together a short online reading list on Hasler and his role within British graphic design.
MoDA's new book on the Ephemera Collection of mid-century designer, Charles Hasler
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