The International Issue
We’re the first to admit that we can be a parochial bunch. Our offices are in New York, and the city tends to have an outsize presence in these pages. So for this issue, we decided to try something different: no stories on New York designers. And why stop there: no Americans at all! Instead, we looked to other parts of the world, focusing on places that traditionally don’t get enough attention in design magazines, including ours. You’ll notice that a few stories have a toe or two, or even a foot, in the American sphere. (Hey, it’s a global world, and we’re not perfect.) And we make no claims that this is a comprehensive report on how graphic design is being practiced everywhere—that would be impossible. Think of this issue instead as a collection of postcards from interesting places, from the manic print shops of Cairo to the colorful back roads of czarist Russia.
The early-20th-century Russian photographer who created a surreal version of InstagramBy Bryn Smith
|Lines of Communication|
To get its message across, a Parisian design studio wants to change the way we read.By Véronique Vienne
The noisy aesthetics of Cairo’s business-card districtBy Matt Hall
|Creativity + Commerce 2012|
Print’s annual showcase of the best in business graphics around the world
A collection of global players, from the UN to the International Cat Association
By Raymond Biesinger
Design scene reports from China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Italy, Israel, and Singapore
|Fist to Face|
An exclusive excerpt from Print’s new monograph on Mirko Ilić
By Dejan Krsic
|Dinner with the President|
A bicontinental design studio aims for the gut.
By David Barringer
Bruce Mau Design rebrands Canada, Steven Heller scrutinizes the boarding pass, and Slavs and Tatars install a psychedelic Muslim library at MoMA.
Steven Heller interviews the Iranian designer Majid Abbasi.
Using satire to subvert greenwashing
Stephen Coles and Paul Shaw on non-Latin scripts
Martin Fox revisits a postwar landmark of book design.
Teal Triggs on Women in Graphic Design, and Claire Lui on an interlocking book by Thomas Heatherwick
In the Studio
Astrid Stavro’s breezy Majorcan refuge