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 …

Mastering Typography on the Cheap

Periodically, the folks at MyDesignShop.com put together limited-edition bundles of popular design resources and offer them for impressively low prices. This week we have a bundle of particular note to Imprint readers: the Mastering Typography Ultimate Collection, which gathers together …

Ten (or More) Things You Didn’t Know About Herb Lubalin

1. His name was pronounced Loo-ball-in, with the accent on the loo. 2. He was color-blind and ambidextrous. 3. Although he ultimately rejected advertising in favor of graphic design, as an agency art director at Sudler & Hennessey he was …

Lifeboat: A Sampler of Graphic Ships

When was the last time you had to use a ship in a layout or design? Think hard. For me it was decades ago. But it’s always good to have a ship reference on hand. That way you’ll never miss …