Designer Nick Fasciano, who worked on Lou Dorfsman's "Gastrotypographicalassemblage" , is leading the restoration of the piece in his Long Island studio.

Gastrotypograhicalassemblage Reborn

The now mythic Gastrotypograhicalassemblage (35 feet wide by 8.5 feet tall) three-dimensional mural designed by Lou Dorfsman with typography by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase was finished in 1966. In 2008, it was announced that The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, would restore and display it on their campus. I recently asked Stephan Hengst, CIA’s Marketing Director, to tell me more about the restoration and future for this Mid-Century Modern masterpiece.

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Happy Birthday To The Cathedral Of Commerce!

As many people do, I’ve often found it necessary to have things framed for display at home and in our studio—a relatively simple process that had always had a satisfying result. One “gallery” I used to take my stuff to …

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Ships That Pass in the Night

Notice how beautiful the logo designs below are in their simple complexity. Are they new app icons for Apple OS7? If Apple were around in the early to late 1930s and the first of the 1940s, perhaps. In fact, these are funnel stack markings for steamship lines (or S.S. lines) regularly that service in the Port of New York — during so-called “normal times.” During these times, however, the early stages of a world war was raging abroad and some passenger and cargo ship services were temporarily suspended.

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Non-hit Psych Pop Redux

For all the decades I’ve known the great Gary Panter as cartoonist, comics artist, painter, shadow puppeteer, scenic designer, light designer, author, graphic novelist and all around great talent, I had no idea he had a band. His psych pop band’s new 2 LP vinyl gate-fold package album art from Feeding Tube Records in Northampton, MA is titled “Honeycomb of Chakras.”

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Monogramonics

Not that they ever left, but monograms are back. And they are beautiful to behold. Once the accessory of the aristocratic, the monogram is a vibrant and vital piece of graphic design. Here are some vintage ones to whet the appetite.

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Letterheads: Then and Then

Whatever the fate of the printed page, letterheads (actual or virtual) will never disappear. What’s more, they will always change — maybe not as radically as these 1931 examples of before and after, but typographic styles will denote changes in attitudes and technologies.

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Duodenum in a Vise?

“How do you symbolize spasm?” asked David J. Herzbrun in the January – February 1958 issue of Print magazine. “A knotted rope? A clenched fist? A duodenum in a vise?” Then he noted, “It had all been done before.” So …

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Made In Italy: Digital Identity Agency Bluestepstudio’s Website Redesign

Made in Italy isn’t just a tagline for the two principals of Bluestepstudio; it’s a philosophy, a standard for their work. FInd out how this multidisciplinary design studio specializing in digital identity and communication, fit their own site redesign in-between global fashion and lifestyle projects.

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Weekend Heller: Radical Toothbrush, Arab Symbol

Leen Sader has not reinvented the wheel, but she has a green option for the standard toothbrush. Beyond the Cloth: The Kafiye Project opens on September 8. Learn more in this edition of the Weekend Heller.