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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 …

Illustrated Aviation Books By Assen Jordanoff

As a kid, whenever I’d visit my Grandmother’s house in Columbus, OH, I’d make a beeline to her bookshelf. It consisted of books on public health and education (she worked with the Ohio State Department of Health), as well as …

How I Learned Modern(ism)

Colorforms, invented by art students Harry and Patricia Kislevitz, with a logo by Paul Rand, was possibly the first exposure to Modernist geometry and color that any of us with art inclinations had. (At least those of us who grew …

Student Jumps on B&WAGON

Matt Vee is a design student and collector of words. A self-described “third-time transfer student” hailing from Holland (Michigan, not Europe) who now attends the School of Visual Arts, Vee seeks out interesting word combinations. “Being a designer, I can’t …

Forgotten Women Designers and Illustrators

We can all agree that graphic design and illustration was a male dominated profession at the outset. Or can we? Volume 1 of  Advertising Arts & Crafts, Eastern Edition (Lee & Kirby, New York, 1926), a 446 page index of …