R.R. Donnelley & Sons
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company was founded in Chicago in 1864 by Richard Robert Donnelley. It continues to this day to provide marketing and business communications, commercial printing, and related services. As of 2007, R.R. Donnelley was the world's largest commercial printer.
From the beginning, the company aimed to produce books and periodicals with impressive modern design and mass printed commercial and reference materials. Under its Lakeside Press imprint, R.R. Donnelley produced fine quality books like the Lakeside Classic series. Donnelley also printed the Encyclopædia Britannica, Time Magazine, Life Magazine, advertising, promotional literature and catalogs for Sears Roebuck, among others.
From 1922–1945, the Director of Design and Typography was William A. Kittredge, who commissioned other well-regarded Chicago artists and designers, among them Bruce Rogers. Company designer C. Prentiss Smith became Director of Design on Kittredge’s death in 1945.