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19 Striking Book Covers of 2014

We know, we know. You should never judge a book by its cover. But looking at this set, it’s damn hard not to. Here are 19 of our 2014 favorites that are in stores or on the way.

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Sketching as Meditation: Drawing on Rome

My student, Tim Cohan, wrote a lovely story about his experiences at the SVA Masters Design Workshop in Rome called “Drawing Inspiration from Rome.” The workshop is currently accepting participants for Summer 2014, and I thought it a propitious time to share his story.

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Identity Theft: We Are the Walrus

How many times has this happened to you? You’re in Paris taking a brief nap at your zoo job and a walrus, who looks uncannily like you, steals your keys, locks you in the cage and puts on all of your clothes.

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Weekend Heller: Great Illustrations, Fabulous Typefaces, Happy 2014

American Illustration for Sale Following the success of Swann’s first sale of original illustration art, this auction (January 23) features works by Ludwig Bemelmans (below top), Constantin Alajalov (below bottom), Theodor Geisel (aka Dr. Seuss), Rube Goldberg, Edward Gorey, Al …

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Must Designers Go to School?

If you were starting a career in the late 1920s or early 30s (the period of Great Depression), and you had artistic aspirations, this cover and the booklet it graced would have been for you. Explore this vintage catalog of the Federal Schools, Inc. training programs, the largest commercial art correspondence school in America.

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When Uniformity Was Hip

Whether a beautician, manicurist, cashier, cosmetician, waitress, maid or nurse, the 1930s were a time when women’s uniforms — and so, uniformity — were hip, or at least proscribed and expected. Uniforms were crisp, somewhat sexy and decidedly identifiable. Explore a few examples of women’s uniforms from this time period.

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The Art of Graphic Slander

In La Carte Postale Antisémite: de L’Affaire Dreyfus a la Shoah, the Museum de la Shoah in Paris reveals the devolution of imagery designed to fuel the flames of hatred.

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Spheres of Information

Data visualization has come a long way since the days of the information wheel. But the wheel is still a delight to use and sometimes a feast for sore eyes. These are some I recently found.