Practice Your Black Letter Writing Here

The Nazis extolled the nationalist virtues of writing with the Germanic gothic letter. But gothics are not entirely tainted by the association. There is much beauty in the forms, and skill is needed to make them. So, let’s begin. If …

Turning Up The Typographic Volume

Olga Mezhibovskaya’s typography classes at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City, are profoundly experimental and interdisciplinary, touching on more than one of the senses. She has had students interpret a variety of music visually and typographically; printed …

Don't Turn Your Back on History

What is disconcerting about the tour of Italian Fascist architecture in Rome I’ve been on for the past few weeks is that the buildings, signs, and symbols are still intact, more or less undisturbed, as monuments to the past. Mussolini …

More Attractive Opposites From SVA Students

Last year on Imprint, we shared some intriguing poster designs by undergraduates at the School of Visual Arts, in New York City. They came out of Chermayeff & Geismar’s Visual Identity and Multimedia class, in which the three principals of the …

To CertifyD, or Not to CertifyD? That Is the Question

“Is the title ‘designer’ meaningful or meaningless?” asks Esteban Pérez-Hemminger, an MS in Communication Design candidate at Pratt Institute. In his thesis project, CertifyD, which calls for an open dialogue leading to the professional certification of graphic designers, Pérez-Hemminger suggests that …

Designing the Famous Artists

Bradbury Thompson (1911–1995), the elegant American designer who made Westvaco Inspirations a design studio must-have, produced many unheralded things. Among his clients were the Famous Artists Schools, Inc., from Westport, Connecticut, for which he designed their annual reports. All Thompson’s …

Cyber Monday Special: Design Tutorial Hall of Fame

With more than 140 design tutorials available for download—and more being added every week—the online instructional options over at MyDesignShop.com can get a bit overwhelming. Which is why we wanted to highlight a handful of our personal favorite tutorials from …

The Genius That Was Ulm

The German brand consultant and design scholar Dr. René Spitz just published a new book that examines what happened in Ulm, Germany, after the closing of the legendary Ulm School of Design (Hochschule für Gestaltung, HfG, 1953–68). Like the Bauhaus, …