In the early 1920s American products were either nondescript or laden with ornament to camouflage a mass-market look. Although mass production was the foundation on which the modern American economy was built, many cultural critics felt that items coming off the assembly line lacked good taste. American industrialists, who could easily afford to aesthetically...
Nasja Sayej explores recent tattoo design trends from the underworld of body art.
Evoking memory is a powerful communicative device, and many designers struggle to decide when to employ it. These historical examples illuminate why.
Dooley talks with pop culture archaeologist Warren Dotz, author of books on design artifacts such as packaging labels for firecrackers... and Elephant Love.
Walter Dorwin Teague was one of the white knights of the product design industry—and this 1936 lecture is one of his seminal speeches.
Victor Margolin offers an in-depth look at 50's and 60's jazz album covers.
Steven Brower discusses Barney Rosset's life and work—and a new Kickstarter campaign to publish Train to Pokipse by Rami Shamir.
Read Michael Dooley's exploration of the history of the beautiful, unorthodox Flair Magazine.
Welcome to a punk's worst nightmare. Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Sex Pistols album cover art now adorns Richard Branson's Virgin MasterCards.
My fascination with brand design started with the soda-pop realm. I’d always loved leafing through old magazines and usually paid more attention to the advertising in them than the articles. Because my father had a collection of Life magazines beginning with the first issue in 1936 and continuing through the World War II years,...