Culturally-Related Design

Promoting the Times Is Timely

Even before The New York Times newspaper was graphically designed to enter the 20th century, its promotion department created memorable graphic design that underscored the greatness of the institution and won the hearts and minds of New Yorkers (like me). Opening on Wednesday Sept 5 at the Times Building, a mini-exhibition produced by the...

Feasting on the President: Illustration in the Age of Trump

We can’t get away from Donald Trump. Newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, internet, Twitter(!). Everywhere, every day, every hour. Some people feed on it. Others tune out. Others are angry and want action, if not to impeach him, to make sure he’s not reelected. One thing for sure, the presidency of Donald Trump has been...

Bolts Are Back

Aguinaldo Perrone is an Italian designer who seems to channel the spirit of Fortunato Depero. He recently published an homage to Depero's Bolted Book, tit…

How To Teach Our Children Justice

Last Thursday an animated video version of Graham Nash’s Crosby Stills Nash & Young hit song ‘Teach Your Children’ was published on the The Atlantic website. Using his signature style of sketchily painting over photographs, Jeff Scher used charged images of of 60s grassroots protest for civil rights and constitutional freedoms to recent protests...

Bosnia And Herzegovinia’s Design Legacy

The third edition of “Museum In Exile: Bosnia And Herzegovina In The Modern Era” by Asim Đelilović, (Buybook Sarajevo) is based on the first 2015 edition designed to represent the visual and industrial arts – a draft of history – of Bosnia and Herzgovina. It addresses the periods when designers made important contributions to...

Weimar 1919 in Amerika 2018

“In view of the current political and social situation,” writes Dr. Helmut Müller, Managing Director of the Bemeinnützige Kulturfonds in Frankfurt RheinMain, Germany, in the unforgettable, sadly retro-prophetic art history titled “Splendor and Misery in the Weimar Republic” (Hirmer), “in which the world seems to have lost its bearings, we should be particularly grateful...

Fonts 4 Students

Last April, type designer Peter Bilak participated in a large meeting among type designers, foundries, educators and font users, to understand the challenges of using fonts today. One thing learned during this meeting was that many schools have no computer labs anymore, and therefore, they cannot acquire educational font licenses. Students are on their own when...