Culturally-Related Design

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Smoking Out the USSR

Steven Heller examines vintage Soviet cigarette packages, courtesy of !PRODUCTIVE ARTS!

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The Resurgence of Yellow Book Covers

Yellow book covers are huge again, say the pundits. Why and how - and where's a color fan to locate the sunniest designs out there? Here's your guide.

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The Hyperactive Paperback

Steve Heller takes a look at Ruben Pater's "The Politics of Design: A (Not So) Global Manual for Visual Communication."

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The Art of Rags

Printed Matter Inc. in New York has a new exhibition entitled "Realize Your Desires: Underground Press From the Library of Stefan Brecht," featuring a collection of alternative rags from the early ‘60s to mid ‘70s.

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Eye-Tail-Yin Design Purgatory

Italian graphic design comes in many shades of strange. These are the kind of eclectic artifacts that are getting harder and harder to find in the new digital purgatory.