Each issue this year has seen a new collaboration between Print and a guest art director. One after another, they’ve reinvigorated the magazine with their own vision. Fittingly, the latest—and last—issue in the project, guest designed and coedited by the Dutch designers Metahaven, is the Identity issue. We expanded our usual focus, moving, as Metahaven writes, “to the fringes of the design world.” You’ll find stories on the “design” of geopolitics, the artist behind M.I.A.’s unusual websites, Experimental Jetset’s grappling with modernism, and the masks that comic-book artists wear in their own work. Elsewhere in the magazine, Rick Poynor wonders if we need a new term to describe the field of graphic design, Chermayeff & Geismar previews its new monograph for Print Publishing, and the Heads of State offers its take on the iconic form of the business card.
A special section of Print, guest designed and coedited by METAHAVEN
The Big Deorganization
As the world deorganizes, there are fewer and fewer clear ways to set an organization apart from its surroundings.
A conversation with Experimental Jetset
Ripps It Up
The artist Ryder Ripps searches for for honesty online. BY PADDY JOHNSON
Design and Geopolitics: The Altergloba, Soft Power, and Disaster Capitalism
An interview with Benjamin Bratton BY METAHAVEN
A conversation with Deterritorial Support Group BY METAHAVEN
An interview with Chermayeff & Geismar
BY AARON KENEDI
Major League Myth
Why did Harmon Killebrew—and everyone else—believe
he was the batter in baseball’s iconic logo?
BY PAUL LUKAS
The Mask of Myself
Self-representation in autobiographical comics
BY BILL KARTALOPOULOS
How boycotting became the new advertising BY METAHAVEN
Smoke Screen of Information
The many identities of 2×4
BY IAN VOLNER
Stewart Smith’s quiet critiques
BY JUSTIN SULLIVAN
Steven Heller talks to Maharam about creating individuality on a mass scale.
Rick Poynor files a report from the place formerly known as graphic design.
Jeremy Lehrer on whether Seventh Generation’s pulp redesign lives up to the hype
Paul Shaw wonders if designers have a type (and Stephen Coles comments from the margins).
How do you tell the story of the L.A. art scene? Eva Hagberg explores.
Damien Newman flips through IDEO’s lesson plan.
Christopher Butler argues against augmented reality.
As our year of guest art directors ends, we’re left with an uncanny feeling.
Feedback from readers
Ben Katchor goes to the library, Manhattan’s grid turns 100, Chris Anderson talks TED, and Palestine gets its passport stamped
In the back
A Saul Bass monograph, an anthology of Yiddish comics, and a preview of the Walker’s blockbuster show on graphic design.
Editor emeritus Martin Fox on why Print declared the swastika the symbol of the century
Creativity + Commerce Competition Winners
The best business graphics from around the world
A new album from Girls, a personal project by Chip Kidd, Sagmeister’s Portuguese identity, and a place for social media to gather
One Perfect Thing
Michael Silverberg on why the business card won’t die
In the Studio
The founder of Browns takes us into his office.