About the collector

FRM 1968 300 pixels wide lighter face

Frank R. Mulvey, 1968
Photo by his wife Hélène


Frank R. Mulvey (1923-2005) studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and at MIT under György Kepes in the late 1940s. Kepes (1906-2001) was a Hungarian-born American artist, designer and theoretician who wrote The Language of Vision, a book that examined the power of visual communication and its ability to transcend cultural differences through both fine art and commercial art. In keeping with his teacher, Frank pursued a career in the arts as both a practitioner and an educator in the fields of painting, drawing, photography and design. He admired the work of artists László Maholy-Nagy and Mondrian, and believed in the Constructivist vision of art and life as inseparable. Nature served as the primary subject for his photographic explorations.  Frank taught at the University of Buffalo, Penn State and Towson State College. In 1969 he wrote The Graphic Perception of Space (LCCCN 69-16377), an exploration of depth cues and other spatial relationships illustrated with his photographs, photograms and design work. Frank went on to teach at Sir George Williams University in Montreal, which later joined Loyola College to become Concordia University. Throughout his teaching career, Frank acquired countless examples of graphic design for pedagogical use in the form of letterheads, brochures, catalogues, packaging and posters.  The cover letters featured in this publication are a small part of this collection.

Frank retired from teaching in 1990, but remained active as an artist for the rest of his life, expressing himself through painting and photography.

2 thoughts on “About the collector

    • Thanks Doug,
      My father had huge respect for the care, ingenuity and skill demonstrated by the wide range of designers and typographers represented in this collection. It’s wonderful to see that mounting this archival material on the Internet has added some well-deserved attention to letterhead design of the 1960s. Some of these designers are still around, still creating and adapting and redefining our collective visual experience. What an extraordinary group of people.

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