Donald Brun was born on October 30 1909 in Basle, Switzerland. He studied at the Allgemeine Gewerbeschule while he was working in art studio in Basle as a graphic designer. He continued his education at the Akademie fur Freie und Angewandte Kunst in Berlin. He established his studio at 1933. He created two pavilion for Swiss National Exhibition Zurich in 1939. Exhibition stands representing Swiss culture and chemistry at the Brussels world Fair of 1958 and stands at the Lausanne Expo of 1964. He worked from many internationals firms including USA, Germany, England, Austria, Italy, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. He was one of the founders of the Alliance Graphique Internationale and became an honorary member.
Brun has done so many posters with a lot of difference styles and techniques from serious to humorous. I do really like the cigarette posters. It looks very friendly. It reminds me to chocolate cigarettes that I used to have when I was kid. It seemed there was no dogma what it suppose to be done for cigarette of advertisements nor government restrictions. If we talk about government restrictions, how about Persil’s posters. The cartoon looks its more appeal to the teenagers than the housewife. Was that because the girls married in the much earlier age? The cigarette and persil posters were produced more than one. I believe the posters worked for the purposes. We might often to afraid of doing something different. We, as a designer might not afraid but the pressure to the owner or marketing people might put them in the very “dangerous” situation to make something unique. The idea of chicken smokes cigarette is hilarious. Every time I see the poster it makes me giggles.
All the work Brun has done, I give a high respect to him to create tons of directions for any kind of problems. All the hand skills makes the poster more lively. Maybe that what we are lacking of at this generations. We all too much comfortable with our computers. Enjoy great posters by Donald Brun.