Like so many other insignificant consumer items, bobby pins were sold to the public with a modicum of contemporary style and illustrative panache.
Steven Heller shares the strange beauty of a functional, commonplace ledger—this one created by Edward Smith and used in the late 1800s.
Did you know you can learn a lot from turn-of-the-century printing, type and paper advertising, like the Dutch Stove piece featured here?
Here is a Modernista style of Spanish graphic design that I call matador style.
Here are two rich resources for Eastern European Communist era graphic design.
Many years ago, I asked designers to send me an example of their very early work that they were still proud to have done. Here is what Paul Rand sent.
Steven Heller takes a trip to the Czech Republic and pays tribute to the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia.
Steven Heller shares a 1926 article from The Inland Printer—arguably the first time the New Typography was discussed, no less seen, in the United States.
Steven Heller examines early attempts at Iron Curtain Czech advertising through the national design magazine Reklama.
Steven Heller gives a peek into his correspondence with the great Italian caricaturist Paolo Garretto.