Environment

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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.

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Relive the Beauty of Pencil to Pixel

Did you miss “Pencil to Pixel,” a one-week popup exhibit of artifacts representing more than 100 years of typeface design? Check out these fabulous photos.

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Signs The Old Fashioned Way

New regulations in New York somewhat deem billboards as eyesores, unlike signage from the late 1920s. View these old-fashioned signs from the 1920s.

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Run It Up the Totem Pole and See Who Salutes

Have you ever thought about the totem pole as environmental signage before the age of the advertising towers? View these conceptual totem pole designs featured in SVA's "Tall Tales" exhibit, through May 25.

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The Cave

My son, NIcolas Heller (a.k.a. Ricky Shabazz) recently directed and edited a short interpretive video about the apartment where I keep benign, volatile and explosive artifacts of design and commercial media that I use in some of my books on politics and counter culture. He writes: Since I was an infant, I have feared...

Electricity, Still Healthy

  Electricity is still the most cherished of the world’s power sources. Oil, coal, nuclear are all considered threats to health and planet, but nobody doesn’t like electricity (thanks Sarah Lee). Most people celebrate the 1939 New York World’s Fair: “The World of Tomorrow” as the epitome of fairs. But the 1933 Chicago “A...