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 …

O-Man: Rhyme or Reason by Robert Grossman

It has been too long since the last O Man installment by Robert Grossman. The time is right for a little incisive satire on the election—if you haven’t noticed, we are already just 35 days from November 6. The first …

Netanyahu Bombs at the U.N.

If Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were a stand-up comic, he couldn’t have been funnier. Yet sadly for him, the visual aid he surprisingly introduced during his U.N. General Assembly speech last week, illustrating the serious need to draw a …

Start a Career in Nation Branding

A university degree thesis can be a “senior project”—nice, but blue-sky—or it can be meaningful and substantive with far-reaching implications. An example of the latter is Good People, Great Nation by Christian Rau und Lukas Weber from the Fachhochschule in Mainz, …

Greed Is a House of Cards

New York illustrators and art directors Marc Sheff and Daniel Nyari wanted a forum for illustrators of “all stripes and levels of fame” to say something important about current issues. They gathered artists and designers from all over the world to …

Campaign Fibbery

“Propaganda is one thing; prevarication is another,” wrote Charles Blow this past Saturday in his New York Times column about the liberal number of lies in conservative Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech last week at the GOP convention. But I have …

Teed-Off Taxi

Last week, the “axi” in “Taxi” disappeared from New York cabs. Funny, in September rates go up 30 percent, and now they’ve taken our “axi” away. It took a long time to become reconciled to that circular T and bold “axi,” and …

Pussy Riot Found Guilty of Hooliganism

They put Putin and Pussy in the same sentence.  Three members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot were found guilty today on charges of “hooliganism” and promoting “religious hatred” as a result of their protest in Russia’s main …

Mayor to Londoners: Don't Jump

Update: This ad campaign is, thankfully, a spoof. The London Underground has had rashes of suicides on the tracks. Deep tube stations have “anti-suicide pits” or “suicide pits” or “dead man’s trenches” beneath the track that enables responders to help …