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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 …

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: …

Don't Turn Your Back on History

What is disconcerting about the tour of Italian Fascist architecture in Rome I’ve been on for the past few weeks is that the buildings, signs, and symbols are still intact, more or less undisturbed, as monuments to the past. Mussolini …

RDA Selects: Starting a Conversation About Stopping Gun Violence

We’re running selected projects from the 2012 Regional Design Annual along with quotes from their designers. To submit work for the 2013 RDA, click here—the early-bird deadline is February 1. Warning Signs campaign by Y&R Chicago (Chicago): Bob Winter (chief …

RDA Selects: MoMA Cuts “German Expressionism” in Two

We’re running selected projects from the 2012 Regional Design Annual along with quotes from their designers. To submit work for the 2013 RDA, click here—the early-bird deadline is February 1, 2013. “German Expressionism” exhibition graphics by MoMA Design Studio: Julia …

Annual Running of the Santas, Rome

The Roman Santas were zipping through the Eternal City on Sunday, December 16, in a mass bicycle meet-up that brought holiday cheer to the religious and the pagan alike.

Nominating the Next Thanksgiving Day Balloon

On this night before Thanksgiving eve, here’s a thought for a new parade balloon: Bibendum, a.k.a. Michelin Man, is the symbol of the Michelin tire company. Bibendum is one of the world’s oldest trademarks. OK, he’s not as popular a character …