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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 …

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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that were published way before my time—it gave me a wonderful perspective on everything from design and illustration to historical content.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 History of Graphic Design

Laurence King Publishing recently released two “mini format” editions of books originally published ten years ago: “American Modernism” by R. Roger Remington and “No More Rules” by Rick Poynor. The two books pair well because they make clear how, and …

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David Bowie Design Icon Roundup

This is David Bowie’s year and here is a roundup of the news. √ On March 23 the V&A opens David Bowie Is, an exhibition of more than 300 objects that include handwritten lyrics, original costumes, fashion, photography, film, music …

The Original Desktops

These are the apple of my eye. Once, they were what was next.  Old “writing machines,” used in print shops, trade schools and offices at the turn of the century, were the original desktops. I cut my proverbial type-writing teeth …

Alex Isley Celebrates 25

Designer Alex Isley, formerly of M&Co. and SPY magazine, is celebrating his twenty-five year milestone with an exhibition of his work at the Type Directors Club titled “Working With Words.” I asked him to tell us what, during this time, …