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A Hall of Femmes book about Californian Supergraphics pioneer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
A Hall of Femmes book about Californian Supergraphics pioneer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
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Hi! We need your support to the cover the costs for our new book profiling the pioneering designer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon. We want to share her story with the world!

Barbara Stauffacher Solomon was the first to create what came to be known as Supergraphics: monumental graphics designed in harmony with architecture. Her iconic style – mixing Swiss Modernism and West Coast Pop – pioneered the look of California Cool, an important moment in graphic design history.

In addition to an impressive portfolio, she boasts a fascinating life story. Ranging from being a teenage flamenco dancer, to marrying a well known film director, to suddenly finding herself a young widow with a child to support. At a crossroads, she moves to Switzerland to study under the influential modernist designer Armin Hofmann, before returning to the U.S and creating influential designs that were bigger and bolder than her Swiss counterparts.

Spread from our upcoming book
Spread from our upcoming book

 

Spread from our upcoming book
Spread from our upcoming book

Barbara on her resilience:

“To this day, the combination of being trained as a ballet dancer, and trained by a Swiss to be a designer: I think that's why I haven't fallen apart!”

Barbara on her iconic style: 

“I was a Californian. I went back to San Francisco and I broke all the rules. My designs were bigger and bolder than my Swiss classmate’s solutions had been. Give me a big white wall and I covered it with big red stripes.”

To learn more about our project, read on.

Who are we?  

Hall of Femmes aims to highlight the outstanding work of women in art direction and design. 

In our critically acclaimed book series, each book portrays a designer and her work through in-depth interviews and previously unpublished images. So far, we’ve published seven titles on amazing designers: Ruth Ansel, Carin Goldberg, Lillian Bassman, Paula Scher, Tomoko Miho, Janet Froelich and Lella Vignelli. 

Previous titles in the series
Previous titles in the series

 

Previous titles in the series
Previous titles in the series

When we are not creating books, we produce events, exhibitions, interviews and podcasts. We also give lectures and teach at several design schools. See more here: halloffemmes.com

The story behind the series 

We founded the project back in 2009 when we realised that as designers, we had few female role models. We couldn’t find much information about female designers in the history books so to satisfy our own curiosity we began to do research and found designers who had made their marks on design history — credited or uncredited.

We founded the project back in 2009 when we realised that as designers, we had few female role models. We couldn’t find much information about female designers in the history books so to satisfy our own curiosity we began to do research and found designers who had made their marks on design history — credited or uncredited.

Praise for the Hall of Femmes book series 

»First and foremost, these are wonderful, wonderful books. Looking increasingly to female role models in the design industry [...] Hall of Femmes [...] set about getting in touch with the many talented women making a creative difference.« It’s Nice That

»Your books becomes more and more significant and you should be praised for doing them.« Massimo Vignelli

Is the book finished? 

Yes, we have the amazing story of Barbara Stauffacher Solomon written, designed and ready to print. From then it will take 4 weeks to print the book and another week to get it ready for shipping.

Why do we need your support? We believe in the power of role-models. We believe they help us envision the possibilities of succeeding within this profession. By helping publish this book you can broaden the perspective on design history. You can inspire generations of designers by telling the stories of women that have often been innovative, fearless, and have significantly contributed to the development of graphic design.

What will we use the money for? 

We need to cover the costs of the printing, shipping and packaging of this book, as well as the creating the rewards. We are a nonprofit organisation – everything we produce is done by volunteers - so we need your help to make this book a reality.

Printing a full-color book isn't cheap, especially if you want to print to the highest standards in Europe. We are working with one of the best printing houses in Germany, specialising in art and design books. Their print production is environmentally friendly and we will be printing with vibrant bio inks on high-quality, uncoated FSC FSI certified paper.

The money will be used for the printing of the book and the tote bags, packaging, shipping and Fees. If we exceed our funding goal, all funds will go into printing the book to an even higher standard. With your help, this Kickstarter campaign will make it possible for us to keep full creative control over our work and to self-publish a truly unique and beautiful book.

Your support makes a difference. Thank you!

Risks and challenges

The book is designed and ready to print. The risks we face are that if we don’t raise enough money Barbara’s story will not be told. If we do reach our goal (fingers crossed!), the only problems that stand in our way of delivering the project to you are technical problems or shipping delays. There should be no foreseeable problems, but if something pops up, we will keep you in the loop.

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