A Woman to Know: Margaret Armstrong

She started a vogue for making the book covers themselves artistic and distinctive. — Margaret's brother Hamilton, describing his sister's unique design aesthetic

(image via The New York Public Library)

Margaret's work is what Pinterest design dreams are made of: in the 1920s and 30s, she worked in New York City as a designer, illustrator and custom book binder. She was also a botanist, and her Art Nouveau-inspired style combined typography with floral design for an aesthetic all her own (Seriously, I recommend you go on a Pinterest binge). In her 20-year career, Margaret designed more than 300 book covers, and she'd occasionally sign a small "MA" on her designs. You can see it on the cover below, just to the right of the center line.

(image via The Library of Congress)

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