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V. Putin: Little Big Brother

Here’s a design problem: How does one respond to the events in the Ukraine in a useful and meaningful way? The first is to know something about Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.

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Better Off A Forgotten Illustrator Than A Rotten One

In 1977 a new illustration credit appeared on the Letters and OpEd pages of The New York Times. S. Harmon wasn’t doing anything new. It was the same collage style that Surrealist and Dada collagists had done decades before. Take a look at the work of this forgotten illustrator.

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Before Jackets: Naked Covers

With books migrating to pads and pods this maybe a moot point. But before designed book jackets, book covers were the primary illustrative and typographical surface on a book. The photographs of the covers taken from “Arts and Crafts Book Covers” (in the book over 90 in all), makes this an essential document of a fertile creative period.

daily heller 2-26-14_f

Raspberries (and more) To Those In Power

Fleurs, Fruits & Légumes du Jour is a folio of caricature prints by Alfred Le Petit (1841-1909) from 1871. He was one of the great line artists and satirists of his era, and a contributor to L’Eclipse, a leading republican newspaper during the French Third Republic. View some of the more hilariously acute physical transformations and caricatures from the original portfolio.

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Keeping the Faith of Graffiti Art

With all its graffiti art, New York City itself is a canvas. A new exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York celebrates this eccentric art form.

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Mind Games

Those of us who lean in the direction of psychosomatic illness (at least those of us who have survived our psychosomatic illnesses), have been waiting for a visual cautionary book like this for decades. Oddly, this was published in 1953. Although the expressionistic illustrations and information graphics may seem satiric, they accompany a very serious text by an expert, O. Spurgeon English, M.D.

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6 Branding Campaigns to Remember

From the swagger of a barber shop to the freshness of a Korean grocer, these branding campaigns chosen as Regional Design Award winners are one of a kind.

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Ed Sorel’s Chicago

The Second City has an incredible number of first class faces. And Ed Sorel has captured many of them in his latest mural for La Storia, a new restaurant (located in the Gold Coast at 1154 N Dearborn) in Chicago.