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Alright, so I've been covering some well charted ground lately, but I am just amazed at how some things remain inspirational no matter how old they are. Moving from 1950's American Blue Note jazz record covers, to 1920's Russian Constructivism, the common theme is quite simply 'amazing typographic playfulness'. Alexander Rodchenko, the subject of a new Tate Modern show (along with his lesser known contemporary Lyubov Popova) are considered among the great fathers of modern graphic design (not to mention their creative forays into theatre, film, architecture and textiles). Rodchenko's amazing photo-collages (he shot most of his poster's photographs himself) and abstract compositions were/are truly original. It will be a rare treat when I get myself down to the Tate Modern to see these in person for the first time, in the weeks ahead. If you're in London before the show ends on the 17th of May, you must pay a visit. You won't be disappointed. For more information on Russian Graphic Design & Constructivism, and more great images visit this blog with research by Marryellen Mcfadden, and for a really comprehensive list of Rodchenko links on the web, check out Stmk's blog.

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Rodchenko self portrait, circa 1922