Cipe Pineles (1908-1991)

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Ciporah “Cipe” Pineles was a designer born in Vienna, Austria in 1908. She is most famous for her contributions to Seventeen, Charm, and Vogue magazines during the 1940s, 50s and 60s. She is often referred to as the “first woman graphic designer”, and was the first woman accepted into the Art Directors Club and later into their hall of fame.

Pineles’ style is often described as colorful, vibrant, energetic, with emphasis on pattern and form. Her success came from blending what was popular in commercial art for the time with more timeless fine art.

“She didn’t teach style – she taught content. She taught you to start with the content of the magazine and then work from there, rather than just think about what design was going to look nice on the page.”   – Melissa Tardiff