An L.A. View of Meggs's N.Y. School of Design

Everyone will approach the fifth edition of Meggs’ History of Graphic Design through their own personal filters. Steve Heller’s already done his overview of the print and digital versions. Paul Shaw may pick up his Blue Pencil to correct factual …

Many Happy (Tax) Returns: A Marxist Doctrine

With all of us looking at the Fiscal Cliff on the horizon, who better to explain things than Marx . . . . . . GROUCHO Marx. About 15 years ago, I traded my signed copy of The Groucho Letters …

Rand's Rules of the Road

Paul Rand was a stickler for the details that God is supposed to be in. As precise as he was in his own work, he was twice as precise in how others used his logos. His insistence on quality was …

The Google Curse of Rand

This in from Otto Steininger: In his ongoing rage over Googling Paul Rand and getting all these images of Rand Paul mixed in, he created this poster. “Thought you might get a laugh out of it.” So true. . In …

Big Problem, Small Page

Big problems can be solved on small pages. A little book produced in 1919 titled Solving Advertising Art Problems, produced by Advertising Artists, Inc., a commercial art service agency in New York, was published to show commercial artists successful work—particularly …

Winsor McCay Illustrates Temperance — or Prohibition?, 1929

While strolling through a used-books store in Los Angeles over 20 years ago, I spied the dust-jacketed binding of a book with a familiar illustration style. Much to my delight, I’d found a little-known 1929 first edition volume published by …

The Seventh Seal of Disapproval

Death. Can’t live with it or without it. It sucks! Death is terrible when someone you love passes. But we’ve also all grieved when, say, a product that we’ve become attached to is put out on the ice flow. The …

Giving Big Bird the Bird

During last week’s presidential debate, Mitt Romney promised to kill funding for Public Broadcasting, which includes Sesame Street, the most successful educational TV show for children in the United States, if not the world. Here’s what he said: “I’m sorry, …

Metaskills vs. Robotic Curve

Marty Neumeier, author of Brand Gap and Zag, has a brand new book. Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age (to be released in January 2013) is a 21st-century handbook for navigating creative waters. Neumeier, who for many years published …

Is Ornament Actually a Crime?

This post marks the first installment of a new Imprint series about the intriguing visual archipelago that is pattern. Why and how do patterns—polka dots, stripes, and all their filigreed and more complex cousins—beguile us? What is the range of conflicting and buried …