Cover of the Fortune Magazine (June 1962 issue), titled The Nation and Its Industry in Space.
Walter Allner (1909 – 2006) —noted designer, typographer and painter—was trained at the Bauhaus under Josef Albers, Vasily Kandisky and Joost Schmidt. He also worked for a short time with Otto Neurath, inventor of the Isoype, at the Österreichisches Gesellschafts- und Wirtschaftsmuseum in Vienna.
Later, Allner also worked briefly with Piet Zwart, the influential Dutch typographer.
After working for Graphis Paris from 1945 to 1948, Allner emigrated to the United States in 1949, where he worked for several corporate clients, including Johnson and Johnson (1954-1955) and RCA Records, (1965-1967) as well as the American Cancer Society, I.T.T. and I.B.M.
Walter Allner is perhaps most noted for his tenure as Art Director at Fortune magazine, creating 79 covers for them and was known for his innovative use of computers in his design… He is recognized as the designer of the first computer-generated cover of a national magazine for the annual Fortune 500 issue.
Long before the personal computer revolutionized the methods used to produce graphic design, Mr. Allner predicted the integration of aesthetics and advanced technology, and so worked directly with computer engineers whenever he could. (Steven Heller)
Allner left Fortune magazine in 1974 and taught and lectured and as Heller writes, his motto was "Raise the aesthetic standard - the public is more perceptive than you think."