History

Stamp Of Approval For Polish Avant Garde

Polish design historian Dr. Piotr Rypson conceived a project that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first Polish avant-garde exhibition of Polish Formists-Expressionists. The result? Four postage stamps with illustrative and typographic work represented by Poland's leading progressive artists.

Octavo: Eight Historic Issues

Mark Holt and Hamish Muir conceived one of the most progressive type journals of the mid- to late 1980s: Octavo. Unit Editions has published a complete reprint of the issues as well as reproductions of the handmade mechanicals and proofs. Here, Heller talks with Holt and Muir about the magazine.

What The Best Dressed Workers Were Wearing

When the George Master Garment Corp issued their catalogs for monogrammed work uniforms "for every industry" and hometown bowling teams too, it was akin in the blue collar world to the latest runway extravaganza for the high fashion universe.

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!...