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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.

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Forgotten Designer: The LPs of Joseph Low

Most of you probably don’t know Joseph Low’s work, but you should. He was a popular illustrator in the late 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, and these album covers for the Haydn Society in Boston are a pictorial branding triumph.

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The Apple Of My Third Eye

All illustrators owe a debt to René Magritte (1898-1967) and to Ian Ballantine for publishing an affordable “trade paperback” on his work in the 1960s. Take a look at this recreation of this famous work.

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America Invaded! Ooops.

Films such as Red Dawn, which shows Fortress America invaded and occupied in the 1980s, follow this apocalyptic trope where America is invaded by other power.