Ladislav Sutnar

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Ladislav Sutnar (9 November 1897 – 13 November 1976) was a graphic designer from Plzeň, Czechoslovakia, and a pioneer of information design and information architecture. He was a leading supporter and practitioner of functional design in Czechoslovakia. He advocated the constructivist ideal and the application of design principles to contemporary life. In addition to graphics, he created toys, furniture, silverware, dishes, and fabrics.


  • editor, Výtvarné snahy, Prague: Prometheus, 1926-1930. Magazine. Scans: 1928-1929, 1929-1930. (Czech)
  • editor, Panorama, Prague: Družstevní práce, 1929-1939. Magazine. (Czech)
  • with Jaromír Funke, Fotografie vidí povrch. La photographie reflete L'aspect des choses, intro. V.V. Štech, Prague: Státní grafická škola nákladem Družstevní práce, 1935, 32 pp; repr., Prague: Torst, 2003, 60 pp. [1] (Czech)
  • with Knud Lönberg-Holm, Catalog Design: New Patterns in Product Information, New York: Sweet's Catalog Service, 1944. [2] (English)
  • with Knud Lönberg-Holm, Designing Information, Whitney Publications, 1947. (English)
  • with Knud Lönberg-Holm, Catalog Design Progress: Advancing Standards in Visual Communication, New York: Sweet’s Catalog Service, 1950; facs.repr., MIT Press, 2022, 138 pp. Publisher. [3] (English)
  • Visual Design in Action, preface Mildred Constantine, New York: Hastings House, 1961, 188 pp. (English) An examination of Sutnar's pioneering “information design” work and theoretical ideas; 36 color pages and 342 black-and-white illustrations of many of his most iconic designs. [4] [5]
  • Americké Venuše / U.S. Venus, Prague: Arbor vitae & Uměleckoprůmyslové museum, 2011, 216 pp. With texts by Karel Císař, Magdalena Juříková and Tomáš Pospiszyl. (Czech)/(English)

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