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Rand, Steinweiss, Potus and More

SVA MFA Design: Designer as Author + Entrepreneur has just launched some of the Paul Rand Lecture Series podcasts that I’ve been making over the past five + years. The first to return are Paul Rand’s Book Jackets, Merz to …

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No один ребенок Left Behind

This 1959 Visual Russian Dictionary for grade schoolers (учащийся) suggest that literacy was more important than ideology, at least in the early years.

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The Migratory Pattern of Design Students

The United States has never made it easy for international students, but they come here in droves anyway. Their tenacity to overcome government bureaucracy, financial burden, alien customs and quirky language is more than admirable, it must be celebrated. Foreign …

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Design History for High School

Steven Heller share his thoughts on how design history might be employed in high school art curricula, and why design history is important.

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Old School vs. New School

In an effort to pull students away from the confines of a screen, they were tasked to design a poster for a play by Shakespeare by hand and also by computer. These were critiqued in a side-by- side comparison of the two efforts.

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Run It Up the Totem Pole and See Who Salutes

Have you ever thought about the totem pole as environmental signage before the age of the advertising towers? View these conceptual totem pole designs featured in SVA’s “Tall Tales” exhibit, through May 25.

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Words – and Images – on Ed Fella

Ed Fella’s AIGA Medalist profile sums him up succinctly: He’s “one of the most influential designers of the last quarter century.” And now he’s retiring. But having been friends since I first interviewed him for Emigre back in 1993, I …

Dysfunctional Type Families

Type fashions come and go, but the Western alphabet and Arabic numerals are here to stay. Correspondence lettering schools were for a long time, during the 20th century, the keepers of fashionable and classical lettering. One of the most prominent …

The World Is Your Creative Oyster

By Marcela Iannini, Academic Chair – Graduate Studies, Miami International University of Art & Design Creative industries in the U.S. are predicted to create 15 million new jobs over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics …