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What We Talk About When We Talk About Type

Ellen Shapiro reports from Abbott Miller's TypoGraphics conference session: Type often has a story to tell—it becomes part of the context, style, strategy, or truth of a client's message.

Keeping Everyone in the Loop: 50 Years of Chicago “L” Graphics

A recent visit to Chicago reminded me of how enamored I am of its rapid transit. It’s so much a part of what makes Chicago unique and exciting to me. Chicago is one of those cities with a “sound” to it—San Francisco being another—and the elevated “L” system is the reason why. Much of...

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Urban Sprawl: 5 Design Trends Driving the Way You’ll Live in the Future

Cities are growing in size and the sprawl is increasing by leaps and bounds. This growth spurt introduces new challenges for businesses and residents as they attempt to navigate a number of dynamics. The result are design trends in Agri-culture, Urban Defense, Augmentality, Conspicuous Isolation and Frugeois.

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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.