October 2008

 
FEATURES

Million Dollar Babies
From swanky strollers to haute couture high chairs, Modernism—or a version of it—has conquered the kids market.
BY LESLIE SAVAN

And That
s the Way It Isnt
Have fake news graphics taken over the role of the political cartoon? We report. You decide.
BY JIM HANAS

Stars and Stripes, Literally, Forever
Forty years of presidential-campaign graphics.
VISUAL PUNDITRY BY SAM POTTS

Martinizing the Movies
Retro billboards? Gore-resistant flooring? Designer Martin Charles, Hollywoods go-to man for print on the big screen, has it under control.
BY MICHAEL DOOLEY

Kill Your Darlings
Book designers favorite covers dont always see the light of day, so we asked eight designers to show us their cherished runners-up.
BY PETER TERZIAN

The Little Imprint That Could
Pulling its books off the shelves at Barnes & Noble was just the beginning of one publishers quest to create a branded imprint.
BY ANGELA STARITA

Dont Worry About the Government
Public policy shapes our lives, but few really understand how it works. One organization is coming to the rescue—with design.
BY LISA SELIN DAVIS

Pushing the Envelope
An ephemera nut finds an unlikely treasure trove: letterheads.
BY PENNY WOLFSON

Clean Slate Club
The whiteboard is on its way out, but a dynamic collaborative tool is showing businesses what interactive communication can do for them.
BY JUDE STEWART

Creativity + Commerce
PRINTs fourth annual international business graphics competition.
INTRODUCTION BY AKIKO BUSCH


DEPARTMENTS

CONTRIBUTORS
Where we’re calling from.

F.O.B.

Red vs. blue, Adidas vs. Wal-Mart, Helfand vs. scrapbooking, and the Human Blockhead.

 

SHELF LIFE
Violent verses, tuneful bottles, and one crazy dream.

MONOLOGUE
The Green Screen
With the help of interactive design, sustainable living can be a lot more fun.
BY JEREMY LEHRER

OBSERVER
Critical Omissions
Design critics can only gain from accepting their own evolving history.
BY RICK POYNOR

DIALOGUE
Martin Kace
, founder and creative director, Empax.
BY STEVEN HELLER

IN PRINT
Vol. 22/no.1
In the Cleveland mayoral campaign of 1967, it was politics not as usual.
BY MARTIN FOX

DESKTOP
Click to Run
Obama online.
BY ANDREI MICHAEL HERASIMCHUK
Plus: Apps to ease billing, project management, and presentations. And Paul Shaw reviews Liber in Hot Type.

BOOKS
Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life
, by Todd Oldham; Dream Worlds: Production Design for Animation by Hans Bacher
REVIEW BY JOHN CANEMAKER

The Next Page: Thirty Tables of Contents
, by Michael Bierut, William Drenttel, and Jessica Helfand.
REVIEW BY JOHANNA DRUCKER

Jan van Toorn: Critical Practice, by Rick Poynor
REVIEW BY VICTOR MARGOLIN

Willie & Joe: The WWII Years, by Bill Mauldin, edited by Todd DePastino
REVIEW BY JAMES STURM

END PRODUCT
Color Squared

BY CLAIRE LUI

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