The letter “B” has become a talking, listening and thinking head in this poster - a fitting symbol for Berlitz, famous for its highly regarded foreign language instruction programs.
We can see that the head is speaking, with its mouth open and a triangle of sound (presumably words) emerging; we can see that it is listening, with its large ear(s); and we can see that it is thinking in different languages, with abstract shapes and colors that hint of the flags of many countries crowding its brain. Overall, this clever illustration conveys this message: Berlitz will help you master any foreign language you wish to speak and understand, even to the point where you begin thinking in that language.
Jean Colin (1912-1982), the artist who drew this poster, was a French graphic designer who created over three hundred posters during his career. Characterized by clever designs often incorporating understated humor, his work appealed to a wide audience and has been compared to that of famed French poster artist Raymond Savignac. During his lifetime, Colin received many prestigious awards, including one from the French Academie de l'Affiche for best poster of the year in 1943.
If you love languages and their mastery, you will love this fun and colorful poster.