Roadside Beautification: Japanese Gas-Tank Art

In the 1970s, the peace artist and former Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Corita Kent painted the Rainbow Mural on a gas tank in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Driving into Boston, this landmark made you smile. Since then, he Japanese have been doing …

Seeing the Olympics from a Different Perspective

As Londoner Gareth Hague commented in this space in early July, the pomp and national pride that usually marches in during every Olympic cycle has been supplanted by ridicule, aggravation, and protest, thanks to an Olympics that is, as the …

The Education of a Typographic Innovator

Rolando G. Alcantara was born and raised in Torreón, an industrial city in north-central Mexico. He attended a technical high school there. Since childhood, he’d planned to become a doctor—a radiologist, like his mom. A few weeks ago, he received …

Giorgio Vasari Commemorated

If you’re a stamp and/or Giorgio Vasari fan, this one issued as Italian postage in July 2011 (better late than never) shows a detail of the fresco San Luca dipinge la Vergine (St. Luke Painting the Virgin), which Vasari painted around 1565 in …

Russian Revolutionary Kids' Lit

“The Experimental Art of Russian Children’s Book,” a new exhibition opening tonight in New York and running through June 7, offers a unique opportunity for U.S. visitors to see originals of classic kids’ books from Moscow. Included are historic books from …

Primo Trimestre—Buono

Grade-school report cards are scary documents, made even more so by by the Italian Fascist Ministero Dell’ Educazione Nationale. The reports here show that the brothers Enzo and Vincenzo Radino were pretty fair students back in 1930. But they weren’t …

Sustainable Posters Plug Sustainability

Glob-All Mix: 30 Posters for a Sustainable World, curated by the Brazilian designer Felipe Taborda, is a poster project designed to complement Rio+20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, that includes as delegates many presidents, ministers, and monarchs. The …

Design Crit From Down Under

Open Manifesto 6 is wending its way from down under to the rest of us. This issue devoted to “Myth” is a jam packed with insight on design, featuring words by Warren Berger, Andy Chen, Nils Clauss, George Lois, David …