Design Thinking

What is design thinking? This creative approach has been deeply influential in the design world in recent years, leading to heated debate about the design thinking process, both pro and con. Imprint has provided a online forum to explore graphic design thinking as it is put into practice with clients and within companies—essential reading for today’s designers, art directors, and design leaders.

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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 a process of making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer. That patent was signed...

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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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Here’s how to win an award – The 1923 Charles A. Coffin Medal.

Readers of my blog posts for Imprint know I’m a loyal fan of the Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee Railway, The North Shore Line, an electric interurban railway that ran from Chicago to Milwaukee between the late 19th century and January of 1963. My fascination stems from the fact that during its run, it...

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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 Typonine about their new typeface: “Audree is type system [not the plant from a...

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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.

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Design History for High School

Steven Heller share his thoughts on how design history might be employed in high school art curricula, and why design history is important.

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Fetishizing Books

The book publishing industry still doesn’t really know what to do with itself. But people continue to read and books remain relevant. The manifestation of that relevance can take many different shapes, as documented in all of these books about books.