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The Politics of Confusion Still Works

The techniques of disruption are not new to the Putin and Trump regimes. Soviet propaganda of the postwar years turned its media towards the war weary German’s to persuade the majority in the Western sector to favor the East in the hot-cold war that was simmering between Western and Soviet powers. “Their main purpose...

Simply Unhuman

The human body is a wonderful thing. But trying to explain it through art and design may be even more wonderful. This pamphlet reminds me of film "The Shape of Water."

Weekend Heller: Chermayeff’s Early Book Covers

It was once said, power is in the hands of the person who owns a printing press. Well, if it’s still true, Michael Russem of Kat Ran Press has been doing good things with his power. He has also helped develop a gallery for graphic design, Katherine Small Gallery in Somerville, Mass., to accompany...

Brody’s Bonn and Buffalo: The Bs Return

Neville Brody is coming to New York on June 14 to speak on “Type and Time” as part of the TDC at Parsons program. He will discuss type on a grand stage (he is on a roll with Coke's Unity type) but also the introduction of his latest two type families, Bonn and Buffalo....

A Tale of Two Hats

Last year I bought a classic Panama straw hat with a masculine firm yet delicate brim at Antica Cappelleria Troncarelli in Rome. The hat has been retired…

Yambo On Everything

Yambo (pseudonym of Enrico de ‘Conti Novelli Berlinioro, Pisa 1876 – Firenze 1943) was a journalist, illustrator, writer and comic book artist known for his children books. Tutto di Tutto (Everything About Everything, 1944, a year after his death) is a superb example, and is pretty much about everything from typewriter concrete poetry to radio...