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Acid Candy From Argentina: Acido Surtido Design Magazine

Lucas López and Mauro López from Buenos Aires, Argentina, are the founders and editors of Acido Surtido, a design magazine started in 2001. I asked Lucas to explain the reasons for continuing an analog publication in this day and age. …

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Riting Before Texting

Before Instagram, photo albums required considerable manual labor to keep fresh and current. There were various ways, but one of the most popular was a tracing method, in this case known as Rite-a-Title. You could “Write a Title in a …

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Post-Modern Storybook Illustrations

I consider myself very lucky to have been exposed to children’s books as a kid that were published way before my time—it gave me a wonderful perspective on everything from design and illustration to historical content. A good example is …

How To Design An App

“I’ve been pretty busy, but in a good way,” reports Baltimore-based illustrator/designer/MICA instructor Joyce Hesselberth. “I usually have some editorial projects in the works. I just finished a few pieces for “The New York Times” and the “Chronicle Review.” I …

Before Post Modern, There Were Post Toasties

Before Postmodernism, before Mayor Bloomberg, before Mrs. Obama… there were Post Toasties. The ad campaign for Post Toasties in 1914 was health, fitness and good eating. Here is an example of the health cult from days gone by. The wisdom …

A Year in the Life

Almanach Hachette is one of the great annuals from the era of almanacs. It was the record of the life of France in a year. From the oddest oddities of the year to the relative size of pigs and sheep …

Illustrated Aviation Books By Assen Jordanoff

As a kid, whenever I’d visit my Grandmother’s house in Columbus, OH, I’d make a beeline to her bookshelf. It consisted of books on public health and education (she worked with the Ohio State Department of Health), as well as …

The Original Desktops

These are the apple of my eye. Once, they were what was next.  Old “writing machines,” used in print shops, trade schools and offices at the turn of the century, were the original desktops. I cut my proverbial type-writing teeth …

Nōn Verbīs Sed Rēbus

The Latin word rēbus, which means “by things,” became nōn verbīs sed rēbus—“not by words but by things.” The rebus principle involves the use of symbols and pictograms for their sounds regardless of their meaning, to represent new words. The rebus …

The Vintage Speedball Textbook

I once found a set of Speedball pen nibs as a kid. I was familiar with conventional pen and ink usage, but had never seen nibs like this before. It wasn’t until taking a calligraphy course in college (with Professor …