Monogram: the art of personal design

Vienna Art + Design monogramsAs a writer with an eye for design, I loved the Vienna Art + Design exhibition at the NGV in  Melbourne a couple of years ago. One aspect that caught my eye was the stylised monograms that each artist/designer placed on all of their works, be it painting or sculpture or cutlery. They were simple, geometric, unique. The chairs and cutlery of Josef Hoffmann have them. The geometric art of Gustav Klimt has them. They identify the artist as maker.

As I was thinking of creating a logo for my writing business at the time, these struck me as being a perfect model. I admired the playful effects created by black on white (or in relief, white on black), and the Escher-like three dimensional abstractions that were possible. And so inspired are these of mine.