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Mad (Magazine) Crazy…

At a time before cable television and the internet, “Mad Magazine” truly ruled and paved the way for “National Lampoon” and Saturday Night Live.

Designer Nick Fasciano, who worked on Lou Dorfsman's "Gastrotypographicalassemblage" , is leading the restoration of the piece in his Long Island studio.

Gastrotypograhicalassemblage Reborn

The now mythic Gastrotypograhicalassemblage (35 feet wide by 8.5 feet tall) three-dimensional mural designed by Lou Dorfsman with typography by Herb Lubalin and Tom Carnase was finished in 1966. In 2008, it was announced that The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, would restore and display it on their campus. I recently asked Stephan Hengst, CIA’s Marketing Director, to tell me more about the restoration and future for this Mid-Century Modern masterpiece.

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The Greatest Stories Ever Told

In this interview with Dallas Graham, this designer discusses his work with The Red Fred Project, social entrepreneurship and his Jolly Troop of diacritical birds. Graham describes how he became involved in creating “original, one-of-a-kind stories with children with critical illnesses,” discusses the children and families he has worked with and looks to the future of the project.

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Letters Tableaux

Collage and montage were novel techniques and the public couldn’t get enough novelty. Here is an odd alphabet that is both beauteous and disturbing.

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Inventive Designers with U.S. Patents

According to the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office in 2012 alone, there were 542,815 applications for patents with 276,788 patents granted. Since 1790, there have been 7 million patents issued total, when Samuel Hopkins was awarded the first patent for …

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Weekend Heller: Radical Toothbrush, Arab Symbol

Leen Sader has not reinvented the wheel, but she has a green option for the standard toothbrush. Beyond the Cloth: The Kafiye Project opens on September 8. Learn more in this edition of the Weekend Heller.

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One Face, Multiple Personalities

Don’t let the headline fool you. This is not a post about psychological disorder. Its about a font — but not just any font . . . . Back in April, I quoted designers Nikola Djurek with Marko Hrastovec of …

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Lolita: A Cover Girl Misunderstood

The cover of Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita has sparked much intrigue. 80 renowned designers and illustrators, like Paula Scher, Jessica Hische and Matt Dorfman (shown above), interpret the cover in new ways. Take a look.