I absolutely adore the graphic work of Alvin Lustig. His layouts exhibit such appreciation of geometry and scale, and really, for me, personify the modern era in graphic design. He lived to be only 40 years old, but had left his mark on contemporary graphic design–even though he was a design generalist, and believed it important to apply good design to every area of life. Lustig was also an architect, interior and industrial designer. According to Steven Heller:
Though Lustig would consider it a small part of his overall output, no single project is more significant in this sense than his 1949 paperback cover for Lorca: 3 Tragedies. It is a masterpiece of symbolic acuity, compositional strength and typographic craft that appears to be, consciously or not, the basis for a great many contemporary book jackets and paperback covers.
Of my favorite quotes in this article , I am positively tickled by Alvin’s sentiment that one should not “design down,” as he called it, to achieve better sales.
I believe a Russian Constructivist influence can really be seen in these covers for Look Magazine.