Great story from Fast Company.
Born in 1908 in Cologne, Germany, Burtin, an information designer, had his own studio in the city when Josef Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda director, asked him to head up the Propaganda Ministry’s design team in 1937. Rather than support the Nazi regime, Burtin and his wife fled Germany and came to the United States, where he worked for a pharmaceutical company called Upjohn. Then, he joined the U.S. Army, where he drafted gunnery manuals that aimed to help new recruits understand the complex interiors of aircraft and how to use the planes’ weapons in combat. After the war, Burtin worked at Fortune magazine and then set up his own consultancy, where he became famous for creating three-dimensional models to help laypeople understand new developments in science.
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