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, …

The Future History of Graphic Design

Every generation of graphic designers looks to design heroes from the past for inspiration. For Paul Rand, it was A. M. Cassandre. For Ivan Chermayeff and Tom Geismar, it was Paul Rand. For me, it was Chermayeff & Geismar. This cycle …

An L.A. View of Meggs's N.Y. School of Design

Everyone will approach the fifth edition of Meggs’ History of Graphic Design through their own personal filters. Steve Heller’s already done his overview of the print and digital versions. Paul Shaw may pick up his Blue Pencil to correct factual …

Many Happy (Tax) Returns: A Marxist Doctrine

With all of us looking at the Fiscal Cliff on the horizon, who better to explain things than Marx . . . . . . GROUCHO Marx. About 15 years ago, I traded my signed copy of The Groucho Letters …

Bauhaus For Sale

Modernism101, rare design books from Shreveport, Louisiana (P.O. Box 53256, Shreveport, LA 71135), wants you to benefit from their Bauhausian acquisitions. The Fall 2012 Bauhaus catalog is available as a PDF (contact molly@modernism101.com). The catalog title, 7o Souvenirs from the …

Making an Ampersand

The 2012 Legacy of Letters tour and workshop, led by myself and Alta Price, took place in northern Italy this past July. As in previous years, it was an opportunity for calligraphers, letter cutters, typographers, and anyone else passionate about …