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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 …

When China Rules the World

The Art of War, a graphic novel currently published in the U.S. and Brazil by Kelly Roman and Michael DeWeese, adapts the text of Sun Tzu’s original Chinese classic The Art of War to a dystopian sci-fi universe immersed in a …