Design Culture

Blazo Kovacevic is Incited

As debates on important social topics like immigration and surveillance continue to heat up, artists have responded in kind. One such artist is designer Blazo Kovacevic, an immigrant from Podgorica, Montenegro who has explored these topics through myriad projects, his latest being "Incited."

Setting Iran Aflame

Boxed matches did not set Iran ablaze when in January 1978 the revolution lit the way for the end of the Pahlavi (Shah of Iran) dynasty, but the artifacts collected in a book of matchbox labels provides a curious history of what led up to the turnover of government and way of life for...

W.A. Dwiggins Design Daddy

Heller shares an excerpt from his foreword to the new book W.A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design by Bruce Kennett, which provides a history of the polymath who gave breadth to graphic design.

When Type Was Dry

Letraset: The DIY Typography Revolution, edited by Adrian Shaughnessy and Tony Brook of Unit Editions, is the first comprehensive history of Letraset, the rubdown lettering system "that revolutionized typographic expression." Hellers talks with Shaughnessy about what was at the bottom and top of that revolution. 

God On Whose Side?

English cartoonist/illustrator Arthur Wragg (1903–1976) produced books on Christian Socialist themes, primarily between the two World Wars. The pieces in his book Jesus Wept are attacks on politicians and warmongers who claim that God is on their side.

Weekend Heller: Those Posters!

These days when we think Russia, we think election tampering, Putin authoritarianism and the future of peace and well-being. As a respite from the tension, there is a certain irony in the admiration for Russian post-revolutionary posters, especially those representing the triumph of the working class designed by Gustav Klutsis. This month !Productive Arts!...

Mangasia: A Thousand Views of a Hundred Years of Asian Comics

Do we really need another book-length history of manga? Especially so soon on the heels of John Lent’s excellent Asian Comics, published just a few years ago? Turns out, yes. Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics, by comics expert Paul Gravett, is a very important addition, with a great deal to recommend it.