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1923 Began a career in advertising.

1919 Set sail for America.

1918 World War I ended on November 11.

Birth: November 5, 1893 in France.

Launched a company to market his rubber band airplane design at age fifteen.

1921

Launched a company to market his rubber band airplane design at age fifteen.

The Man Who Shaped America

Raymond Loewy was born in Paris, France as the third son of a wealthy family of educators, physicians and journalists. At the age of fifteen, he designed a model airplane, registered a patent and formed Ayrel Corporation to produce and sell the finished product. He soon turned to boat design, winning an award for a three foot long model speedboat, which led to an interest in engineering. In 1919, after serving with distinction in the French Army, he set sail for the United States, where his two brothers were living. Speaking only fundamental English, Raymond’s first job in New York City was at Macy’s department store as a storefront window designer, which did not last very long, but led to a career in advertising.

1921

Worked as an illustrator for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair.

The Roaring Twenties Raymond made his way into the publishing industry, doing artwork in ads for Condé Nast, appearing in Harper’s Bazar and Vanity Fair. The relationships he formed during these years had a major impact upon his later success. By 1928, Raymond started doing freelance work for companies such as Lucky Strike and White Star Line, but soon turned away from magazine work. Within a year, he launched his career in industrial design when a British manufacturer commissioned him to remake a mimeograph machine, which he transformed with the technique of streamlining. When the Great Depression hit America, Raymond’s career suffered, but he never looked back toward the advertising industry.

1928

Dabbled in marketing with his work for White Star Line Transport.

1930

Hired by the Hubb Motor Company to redesign the title car.

The Thirsty Thirties After marrying his first wife, Jean Thomson, in 1931, Raymond designed the timeless Westinghouse clock radio, in pure mahogany, and a popular car, the Hubmobile, under his newly formed design and style company. By the middle of the decade, which in essence saw the beginning of industrial design in America, he undertook refrigerator design for Coldspot.

1939

Hired by Lucky Strike to redesign the cigarette package.

1945 Bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

1941 The attack on Pearl Harbor brought American into WWII.

1934 Designed the Coldspot Refrigerator for Sears.

1929 Left commercial illustration.

1926 The Ford Model A was produced in secrecy.

Raymond made his way into the publishing industry, doing artwork in ads for Condé Nast, appearing in Harper’s Bazar and Vanity Fair. The relationships he formed during these years had a major impact upon his later success. By 1928, Raymond started doing freelance work for companies such as Lucky Strike and White Star Line, but soon turned away from magazine work. Within a year, he launched his career in industrial design when a British manufacturer commissioned him to remake a mimeograph machine, which he transformed with the technique of streamlining. When the Great Depression hit America, Raymond’s career suffered, but he never looked back toward the advertising industry.

1923 Began a career in advertising.

1919 Set sail for America.

1918 World War I ended on November 11.

1908

The Early Years

Designer Timeline / Raymond Loewy / Christopher MacFarlane / RISD Spring 2009

The Roaring Twenties

Raymond Loewy was born in Paris, France as the third son of a wealthy family of educators, physicians and journalists. At the age of fifteen, he designed a model airplane, registered a patent and formed Ayrel Corporation to produce and sell the finished product. He soon turned to boat design, winning an award for a three foot long model speedboat, which led to an interest in engineering. In 1919, after serving with distinction in the French Army, he set sail for the United States, where his two brothers were living. Speaking only fundamental English, Raymond’s first job in New York City was at Macy’s department store as a storefront window designer, which did not last very long, but led to a career in advertising.

Birth: November 5, 1893 in France.

The Man Who Shaped America

The Early Years

Worked as an illustrator for magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar and Vanity Fair.

1939 Debuted the Pennsylvania Railroad S-1 at the World’s Fair.

1908

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RISD Portfolio  

Student work, teaching portfolio from the Rhode Island School of Design

RISD Portfolio  

Student work, teaching portfolio from the Rhode Island School of Design

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