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Ed Sorel’s Chicago

The Second City has an incredible number of first class faces. And Ed Sorel has captured many of them in his latest mural for La Storia, a new restaurant (located in the Gold Coast at 1154 N Dearborn) in Chicago.

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When the Ukraine Was Soviet

I recently found a catalog of Ukrainian political posters spanning the period after the Russian revolution until the early 1980s – some are surprisingly well known. In light of the apparent push from Russian President Putin to aid the Yanukovych government, seeing this now quaint the Ukrainian SSR-Soviet era posters seems like a deceivingly innocent moment in history.

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Red (I Mean Read) All About It

Productive Arts! run by Howard Garfinkel and Larry Zeman is an essential resource for Russian and Soviet design materials (publications, posters, ephemera) produced by the leaders of the Constructivist, Productivist and Socialist Realist movements. Most recently, they published catalogs on Soviet newspapers and specifically pages designed by montagist Gustav Klutsis. I asked Zeman to discuss the acquisition and significance of this collection.

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Endpapers: A New Beginning

Melanie Marder Parks has illustrated 17 of the Elm Creek Quilts novels by Jennifer Chiaverini. There are 20 books in the series and the publisher decided to add illustrated endpapers with the fourth book. I asked Parks about reviving the art of endpapers in this way.

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House Sitting

A little over a month ago, I wrote about Hanksy’s six day graffiti mash-up at a condemned row house on the Lower East Side. I promised a video produced by No Your City and directed by Nicolas Heller. Well here it is, “Hanksy Presents: Surplus Candy,” a record of the making of the incredible indoor street art extravaganza, which was open to the public for just two hours and then oblivion.

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Sporting Jackets

Book jackets were functional appendages to books created to keep covers free of dirt and dust (hence the now antiquated term dust jackets). They’re also mini-posters designed to attract readers — like bees to the flower. Twenty years ago, Seymour Chwast and I authored a book titled Jackets Required, a survey of these dust repellent graphic designs from the ’20s through the ’40s.

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Weekend Heller: AIGA @ 100

The AIGA began as the old guard of a new profession and 100 years later is still going strong. This year you can help celebrate the occasion at a number of live and social media events, including Celebrate #AIGA100, Celebrate Design website and The Facing Forward exhibit.

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Instagram 1890

Since the dawn of picture making, the desire for Instagram was built into the voyeuristic nature of mankind. When photography was the new rage, long exposure portraits, shot at photography studios by trained craftsmen, were all the rage. Take a look at some vintage photos.

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New Jersey’s Got Talent, Ya Know!

Those of us who reside east of the Hudson and west of the East rivers are grateful we don’t live anywhere else. Yet, despite all the Jersey put downs, its not such a bad place. In fact, aside from bridge lane closings and the incredible number of Jersey mayors on trial or in prison for graft and corruption, the Garden State has a fair concentration of very talented illustrators, a number of whom appear in an exhibition organized by Chris Gash, and feature the following Jerseyians.