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Marinetti’s Pre-Futurism

"Poesia" magazine is the foreplay before the birth of Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's Futurism. Look inside this publication that advocated symbolist and romantic poetry in Italy.

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The New Maya Language of Frida Larios

Graphic designer Frida Larios has created a new Maya writing system intended to honor Maya language and bring it into contemporary life and culture.

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Keeping the Faith of Graffiti Art

With all its graffiti art, New York City itself is a canvas. A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York celebrates this eccentric art form.

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House Sitting

A little over a month ago, I wrote about Hanksy's six day graffiti mash-up at a condemned row house on the Lower East Side. I promised a video produced by No Your City and directed by Nicolas Heller. Well here it is, "Hanksy Presents: Surplus Candy," a record of the making of the incredible...

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Father of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons Revealed

He was an illustrator, cartoonist, designer, puzzle creator and puppeteer. In 1928, the father of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons was commissioned by the department store to create a series of helium filled, rubberized silk animal balloons.

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Windows 1.0: No, Not Microsoft

In 1952 Robert Kretschmer, former Display Manager of the Wilber Rogers and Ann Lewis Department Stores, wrote a book on "Window and Interior Display: The Principles of Visual Merchandizing." Funnily, little has changed since then, even in this digital age. Window display design (and window dressers), or as he called them "the displayman," is...

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...

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Global Warming or Extreme Weather?

Tom Davie produced a typography print titled "Sweepin’ Down the Plain," created to aid in the tornado recovery effort currently taking place in Moore, Oklahoma. As a new professor of graphic design at The University of Oklahoma, he wrote me: "I was compelled to use my passion for type as way to help sustain...

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Mural Brightens Homeless Shelter

Design firm Alfalfa Studio turns bleak into beautiful with this large-scale mural titled "A Fruitful Life" at a homeless shelter.

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Wallpaper (not the magazine)

While in Rome, design expert Steven Heller took note of the design in vintage booklets on how to hang wallpaper. Take a look at these charming examples.