daily heller 3-28-14_f

Ye Olde China on 5th Avenue

China is changing at such a rapid pace, the old socialist realism and patriotic romanticism of the ’50s through ’80s is receding from memory and practice. Occasionally, I find relics of that past, such as these examples.

daily heller 3-16-14_f

Satire in Turkey

Not all satire is created equal. Despite the familiar style of Karikatür’s illustrations, this 1930s Turkish satiric journal includes its share of right and left (centrist) humor attacking politicians at home and the evils abroad, as well as fostering false threats and racial enmity.

daily heller 3-26-14_f

Ink n’ Paper

Scouring old design magazines (see my recent book 100 Classic Design Journals) can be an enlightening experience. Not only are the articles roots of graphic design history, but the advertisements, especially for ink-and-paper, provide insight into styles, manners and mores.

daily heller 3-25-14_f

Picturing War Before It Went Digital

In September 1914, the New York Times published a “Mid-Week Pictorial War Extra” as a Wednesday photographic supplement. It continued after the end of World War I and became known simply as the Mid-Week Pictorial. These images are from a 1915 edition.

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Have you entered the RDA Yet? 5 Reasons Why You Should

The Annual is seen by thousands of creative professionals and is an essential resource for art directors and studios. But we wouldn’t want to take our word for it! Here, past RDA winners share their experience with the competition, their reasons for entering and how it has helped them to grow their business and raise their own profile in the design world.

daily heller 3-24-13_f

Arabic Type on the Web

Syrian born Otba Mushaweh, who works in Saudi Arabia, is the founder of Type Stage, the first “Arabic” platform that grants website owners the ability to use professional and fast Arabic webfonts (Arabic, Urdu and Persian). Read the interview with Mushaweh.

daily heller 3-21-14_f

Even Generic Design Looks Good, To a Point

In this Summer 1963 issue of Dimensions (see yesterday’s DH), the superb quarterly magazine of Simpson Lee Paper Company, the theme “The Generic Corporation” provokes some curiously prescient and interestingly political examples of possible annual report covers.

daily heller 3-19-14_f

Campari Salut!

Campari may be bitter as an aperitivo but its advertising campaigns beginning in the 1920s were tasty, often with an avant-garde air. These are advertisements from successive 1937 issues of Corriere della Sera that stand out on the black-and-white page.