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Separated Well After Birth

These similar posters by Stasys Eidrigevicius and Wojtek Korkuc raise the question: When is inspiration too much, and when has a line been crossed?

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Now Read This

Ben Shahn’s The Shape Of Content is hands-down the best book about making consequential art and design and the pitfalls thereof. Here’s why.

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You Got A Problem?

The Wolfsonian Museum has launched its website Power of Design 2014: Complaints. As a lead-up to the event, the Wolfsonian is posting a poster-a-day on the Complaint Blog, which is also “populated” with other posts on the Museum’s incredible holdings. I will post the complaint posters once week as they come off the press. Explore the first five.

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FHK Henrion Remembered, Revisited, Regaled

My nominee for the best design monograph of 2013 is FHK Henrion: The Complete Designer (Unit Editions). I asked Adrian Shaughnessy of Unit Editions to explain more about the process of creating this significant volume and FHK Henrion who Shaughnessey explains is “the most important British (though German born) graphic designer ever.”

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Smoking’s Poster Boy 1900

What’s fun about looking at old cigarette advertising is how guileless they were. Take this advertisement for Omar Cigarettes. The portrait of the gent on the links who’s played a “bully round” looks, well, like the epitome of an anti-tobacco message. The linkage between the headline “When a Cigarette Tastes Sweetest” and the wizened granddad is off the mark.

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Mad (Magazine) Crazy…

At a time before cable television and the internet, “Mad Magazine” truly ruled and paved the way for “National Lampoon” and Saturday Night Live.

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Lolita: A Cover Girl Misunderstood

The cover of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita has sparked much intrigue. 80 renowned designers and illustrators, like Paula Scher, Jessica Hische and Matt Dorfman (shown above), interpret the cover in new ways. Take a look.

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The Year the How Design Conference Got “Ugly”

The year was 1993 and using a computer for graphic design was, well, uncommon. See what Carlos Segura had to say about his digital design of the HOW Design Conference brochure that gave the design industry something big to talk about.

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Mad Men’s Peggy and the Truth About Cigarette Branding

Mad Men is hooked on cigarettes. And it just can’t stop. In the first scene of 2007’s pilot–set in 1960 and titled “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”–Don Draper talks with a waiter about Old Gold vs. Luckies. He shortly learns …