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History For The Price Of Peanuts

I can’t say I think of Planters’ Mr. Peanut as a source of historical data, but this colorful little “Paint Book” from 1935 would seem to indicate otherwise.

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Color Separation at Birth

Does anybody do color separations the old fashioned way with four or more plates, and therefore, four or more separate color proofs? I haven’t seen color “progs” in ages, until the other day in Rome, under my nose, there these were.

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Paul Rand’s Color Endorsement

Paul Rand did not promote himself, but various companies used Paul Rand to promote them. Check out this ad from 1955 involving Du Pont and Mohawk.

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The Ages Of “21″

In 1936, the former speakeasy and NYC restaurant-club, Jack & Charlie’s “21″ (what we now know as The 21 Club) published, “The Iron Gate” as a self-promotional tool.

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5 Reasons You Must Go to HOW Design Live 2013

Designers! (And here we all picture the stern elegance of Project Runway’s Tim Gunn, locking his gaze with our over trim, gold-rimmed glasses.) If you haven’t already registered for HOW Design Live 2013, you’ve got just about a month left …

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Paul Ford’s Interaction: Filtering Photography

Read Paul Ford’s Interaction column, Filtering Photography, from the new June issue of Print below. Pick up your copy of the The Color Issue today to discover even more about color. Imagine how expressive everyday images could be if we better …

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Drunk Tank Pink: The Power of Color in Marketing

Color sells, it persuades, it cajoles, but how exactly does it wield such power? In the book “Drunk Tank Pink” author and NYU professor Adam Alter peers into how seeming innocuous factors of daily life—colors, names, visual symbols—can drive consumer …

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Patternity’s PATTERN POWER: Superstripe

If you’re in or near London, you must run, not walk to catch Patternity’s fantastic exhibit about stripes, PATTERN POWER: Superstripe, ending April 21. As you may recall, I interviewed Patternity for “Print” last fall. We started with their work …

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Post-Modern Storybook Illustrations

I consider myself very lucky to have been exposed to children’s books as a kid that were published way before my time—it gave me a wonderful perspective on everything from design and illustration to historical content. A good example is …