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Warn and Cover

Steven Heller researches ebola awareness posters around the globe.

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Shanghai’s Creative Evolution

These advertising posters for cigarettes, liquor and more by Xie Xing Long showcase the so-called “Calendar Girls” that were so prevalent in the ’20s and ’30s.

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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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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.

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Man or Maestro

Maëstro was a cigar. The Maëstro-man was a proto-Marlborough-like character who strode above the logo in die-cut points of purchase like this one.

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Campbell’s Before Warhol

There’s a lot to love about old magazine advertisements. They were not about the “creative” experience. The humor, if it existed, was soft. The illustrations were wysiwyg. But they were the first signs of graphic design (or layout) that suggested …

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Playing at Window Dressing

The age when window displays were simply a collection of symmetrically ordered points of purchase die-cuts and actual packages are long gone — or are they?

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Making the Mac: 20 Vintage Apple Ads

Here, we follow the trail of Apple ads that laid the foundation for the company prior to the bold dancing silhouettes that dominated in the early 2000s.

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Branding ISIS, ISIL, IS

Here, Steven Heller takes a different approach to thinking about ISIS by looking at how they use “cunning propaganda and skillful branding.”