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Catch It Before It’s Gone: “Paul Rand: Defining Design”

In Atlanta? Going to be in Atlanta before the end of the month? We envy you. Museum of Design Atlanta’s "Paul Rand: Defining Design" runs through Jan. 30. With the exhibition closing soon, here are more images of what we’re missing—along with some insights from MODA executive director Laura Flusche.

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Spike Lee’s Other Poster Design Bamboozle: Saul Bass

  A poster for Spike Lee’s latest movie may be a ripoff. But it’s not the first time he’s faced accusations of unlawful design “appropriation.” Eighteen years ago, Saul Bass himself was pointing the finger. First, the latest incident. It began when an ad agency hired L.A.-based freelancer Juan Luis Garcia, whose poster design...

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Mad (Magazine) Crazy…

At a time before cable television and the internet, "Mad Magazine" truly ruled and paved the way for "National Lampoon" and Saturday Night Live.

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Coming Soon: Movie Posters for Those Films Inside Our Heads

Attention dedicated film buffs: have you seen Saul Bass’s other sci-fi feature, Rendezvous with Rama? How about Luis Bunuel’s supernatural Las Fotografias? Or that low-budget thriller by Alfred Hitchcock’s nephew, Oh Shit, Bees!? Of course you haven’t. They only exist in print form, as part of “Coming Soon,” an L.A. exhibition of designs for...

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Selling Your Pattern Design in Today’s Pattern Marketplace

Developing patterns for the apparel, home decor and stationery markets is an exciting direction for one’s design business, but when it comes to selling patterns, the process can be overwhelming. In today’s post I share three ways to sell your work in today’s pattern design marketplace. When considering which direction to take, it is...

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Happy Birthday To The Cathedral Of Commerce!

As many people do, I’ve often found it necessary to have things framed for display at home and in our studio—a relatively simple process that had always had a satisfying result. One “gallery” I used to take my stuff to also specialized in selling vintage prints of all kinds that they would beautifully frame...

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A Visit to Milton Glaser’s “Camp”

I never cared for the Camp sensibility. Sit through a “so bad it’s good” flick? Please! I barely have time for good-good movies. My notes on a Sontag lecture I endured: “So dry and detached it’s deadening.” And anyway, Camp is so 49 years ago. But I love “The Camp Followers’ Guide.” This cheap...