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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Advertising Meets Interactive Design

I recently interviewed interactive designer Jonathan Harris about his work for the October issue of Print, which is focused on storytelling through design. During the interview, Harris referenced an essay by David Foster Wallace (“A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again”) in which DFW explains the difference between art and advertising: This is...

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Signs of the Autostrada

Steven Heller points out the graphic design details on road signs found along the Autostrada of Italy. Buckle up, and come along for the ride.

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Italian Icons, Known and Unknown

Angelini Design, which produces Italian Ways, is a wellspring of icons that are key to the cultural and commercial heritage of Italy.

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How About a Project a Week

Daydreams & Nightschemes is a self-initiated, real-time journey of 52 weeks focused on the creation of 52 new projects by Jon Newman.

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Will Burtin’s Beauty

Within a 1955 insert of Print, there was an insert written and designed by Will Burtin titled "A Program in Print: Upjohn and Design" seamlessly folded into the magazine.

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The Ages Of “21″

In 1936, the former speakeasy and NYC restaurant-club, Jack & Charlie's "21" (what we now know as The 21 Club) published, "The Iron Gate" as a self-promotional tool.

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Riting Before Texting

Before Instagram, photo albums required considerable manual labor to keep fresh and current. There were various ways, but one of the most popular was a tracing method, in this case known as Rite-a-Title. You could “Write a Title in a brilliant, permanent white without pen or ink” and “Decorate snapshots with humorous sketches.” It...

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Post-Modern Storybook Illustrations

I consider myself very lucky to have been exposed to children’s books as a kid that were published way before my time—it gave me a wonderful perspective on everything from design and illustration to historical content. A good example is “The Modern Storybook” from the 1930′s. I grew up reading my father’s copy of...