One staple of the culture of the USSR is it’s distinctive approach to art and design in society, where the Russian perspective of futurism and the invention of the Constructivist art style was prominent at the time. Being a man of literature myself, I have amassed a sizable collection of Russian-language books, many of which were published in the Soviet era. What is most interesting I believe, is the simplistic cover art these books displayed.
In this post I hope to show several examples of how the Soviet Union’s constructivist methods had combined with modern designs of the early 20th century and how it evolved over time by showing several examples from my personal collection, which are mostly textbooks used in Soviet universities and various works of fiction.
It is interesting to note that by the second half of the 20th century the rest of the world began to use a more photograph-oriented standard on book covers and other media, while the USSR continued it’s minimalist design with it’s publications until almost immediately after it’s fall where the lack of government regulation allowed for a greater array of design and most importantly, the content of the book itself, you may notice this change in format in the books published in the late 90’s.