Jessica Hische Does Drop Caps for the Classics

Is it too early to start shopping for Christmas? Probably, yes. Nevertheless, we couldn’t resist sharing these images of the forthcoming Penguin Drop Cap series, which will offer some excellent holiday gift options for the bookish typography-and-illustration buffs in your …

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— Scroll to see more images   Many a young designer’s self-promotional holiday card has gone ignored by its recipients. But when Jessica Hische sent her hand-lettered “12 Days of Christmas” card to designer Louise Fili in December 2006, she …

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When Saul Bass Met Hitchcock

Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho are three back-to-back films from Alfred Hitchcock’s late golden period—and three films that legendary designer Saul Bass also left his stylistic mark on.

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Best Book Covers: Penguin Drop Caps

Jessica Hische’s collaboration with Penguin is a lovely nod to the printed word—and an unusual and intriguing twist to a personal project that got its start online.

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America First!!

Steven Heller looks at Thomas W. Jackson’s “See America First”—a series of “joke” books that highlighted the country’s racialist, ethnicist and regionalist distinctions.

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Ooooh La L’Auto

Steven Heller takes a look at the lifestyle-infused vintage advertisements for the automobile manufacturer Renault.

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Observer: In a Critical Condition

In this Observer column from Print’s International Design Issue, Rick Poynor discusses the term critical graphic design and explains what it means for designers today.

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Vapor Salve and Thermal Wool

The art of graphic salesmanship has evolved smartly in just 100 years. But look at these 1930s point of purchase displays for some rather bizarre personal care products.