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Artist - Misha Black

Misha Black (also known by the name Misha Black), born 1910 in Bacu, Russia (now Azerbaijan), died 1977. Designed posters for London Transport 1936-1947


Misha Black was one of the most influential exhibition and product designers of his time. With little artistic training, he designed posters from the age of seventeen. In 1928, he designed the stand for the Rio Tinto Company at the Seville Exhibition. In 1933 he joined Bassett Gray, London, which in 1935 became the Industrial Design Partnership (later Design Research Unit). During the Second World War, Black was appointed Principal Exhibition Officer of the Ministry of Information. Black promoted good design as a force for social change. He worked on a wide variety of projects, including coordinating the upstream section for the Festival of Britain (1951). One of his last designs was for decorative panels at Baker Street Station in 1975.

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