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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.”

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Seventies Style

The seventies were an eclectic time in design history on the verge of being overtaken by postmodern approaches to form and function. Letragraphix, a journal of techniques from Letraset, represents the bold type and illustrative design of the period. Explore several issues here.

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Shoes, Jam, Mosquitoes

These posters are from the period of Dutch advertising design between the wars, when Holland exhibited as vibrant an advertising culture as the rest of Europe — and obviously using many of the same graphic idioms as the rest of Europe.

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Corporate Generosity

Explore the Phoenix Metal Cap Co.’s unique in-house magazine, Phoenix Flame. Its editor, who went by the name of HIG, was assisted by illustrator/designer Elmer Jacobs and was a delightful anomaly in the worlds of big business.