The Art & Design of F.G. Cooper
Softcover – 128 pages, Black Text – Plus 2nd Color
F.G. Cooper was not the designer of the typeface Cooper Bold but his work inspired Oz Cooper (who designed the Cooper fonts) as well as a whole generation of cartoonists, letterers and poster designers. Fred Cooper’s “big-head” cartoon characters were seen constantly throughout the teens, twenties and thirties in many of the most popular magazines of the day. His posters for the first World War effort won high praise for their use of all lower-case hand lettering whose warmth and character obviated the need for additional illustration. This book is very attractive and filled with tons of cartoons, illustrations, posters, lettering examples and monograms.
Cooper was the original “clip art” cartoonist whose style influenced all the others in the field. He also designed dozens of clever monograms for people like Rube Goldberg, Milton Caniff and Dwight D. Eisenhower which are featured in the book. I began work on this book in 1980. When it was finally published, sixteen years later, I had no idea that the response from illustrators and designers would be so overwhelmingly positive.