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The War For Christopia

Christmas is lots of things. I like to think of it as a place that I can call Christopia. Take a little bit of magic, a dash of kitsch, and a whole lot merry and the result is that utopia where elves govern and the jolly one reigns – and where the standard greeting is ho ho ho.

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The Nicer Swastika

The Swastika is a vexing symbol. Even I’m conflicted. It represents utter terror and criminality, while it’s also a symbol of luck, fortune and fertility. Go anywhere in the world, and it will be seen in all its guises.

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The Good War, For Design

World War II may have been necessary, but like all wars, the horrors outweighed the fruits of victory. The war also produced well-designed insignia, charts and graphs. Considering that military design is to design what military music is to music, the high level of consistency, imagination and taste contributed to well-designed military regalia.

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The Future of German Advertising Past

Julius Gipkens (1883-1968) was one of the masters of Plakatstil (Poster Style) in Berlin and an exponent of Lucian Bernhard’s Sachplakat (Object Poster) methodology. A self-taught artist, he founded a graphics agency, which designed for the Sarotti Mohr confection firm, Cardinal Cigarettes and the Leiser shoe company.

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Weekend Heller: Plagiarism, No. Thanksgivanukkha, Si.

If you’re looking for a definition of plagiarism look below and read this story about a ripoff of Louise Fili’s logo for a Texas restaurant, Aventino, from LogoThief. There’s copying and then there’s COPYING. And seriously, if you’re going to copy, don’t do every little graphic flourish.

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Elegantissima: The Exhibition and The Boudoir

Elegantissima,: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili, the monograph by Louise Fili, is now an exhibition with the same name opening on Thursday, November 21 at The Memorial Gallery at Farmingdale State College.

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Smack It, Crack It, Chip It, Melt It

Who remembers the jingle with the tagline BO-NO-MO-OH-OH-OH . . . TURKISH TAFFY. Originally distributed through Woolworth’s stores in large sheets from which pieces were broken off with a ball-peen hammer.

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Create Websites That Communicate & Sell

HOW Design University instructor Bill Haig Ph.D. has created a new breakthrough course in website design starting November 18. The course is focused on that important function of the company website – increasing conversion rates at first glance. When a …

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To Abstract Or Not Abstract?

Sagi Haviv explores his firm’s past in pioneering the abstract logo and discusses whether or not to implement abstract concepts. To illustrate his point, he takes you behind the scenes of bold identity projects, such as Conservation International (shown above).