Eric Aldwinckle Anchors “Toronto's Design Pioneers” E-mail
Written by Michael LeBlanc   

Torontos-Design-PioneersEric Aldwinckle is the first designer biography in a new 50-page book published by the Communication Designers of Toronto (it helps to have a surname that starts with “A”). The text is largely borrowed from Eric's wikipedia entry, and Eric's spread includes reproductions of his war poster "Notre Armée A Besoin De Bons Canadiens" ("Canada's New Army Needs Men Like You"), and some of his Stratford work.

Other designer biographies include Paul Arthur (1924-2001), Stuart Ash (b. 1942), Ernst Barenscher (b. 1935), Carl Brett (1928-2009), Carl Dair (1912-1967), Gerhard Doerrié (1936-1984), Jim Donoahue (b. 1934), Louis Fischauf (b. 1949), Allan Fleming (1929-1977), Georges Haroutiun (b. 1945), Hans Kleefeld (b. 1929), Burton Kramer (b. 1932), Harold Kourschenska (1931-2003), Laurie Lewis (b. 1930), Tony Mann (b. 1927), Ken Rodmell (b. 1934), Leslie Smart (1921-1998), Clair Stewart (b. 1910), Ralph Tibbles (b. 1932), Leslie Usherwood (1932-1983), and Don Watt (1936).


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Nothing Uninteresting

The Work and Life of Eric Aldwinckle

By Michael B. LeBlanc

Print Book, 186 Pages



…I was most interested in your observations on the School of Design visit and shocked into complete wonder. (class sizes of) 25 or 30 students amazes me. Of course it would not pay. It is the old story. Arts and particularly the progressive and experimental needs a financial foster father. The confusion as to the purpose of this particular school is amusing but forgivable…

-Eric Aldwinckle, letter to Franklin Carmichael on the design school launched in 1945