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 …

Beer in Beer Out: Now That's Branding!

Tuborg, the Danish brewery, has a long history indeed. Founded in 1873 it also has a brand that everyone knows, right up there with Heineken. In recent years, Tuborg has rested on its reputation, without as much aggressive advertising as …

Going Dutch

Art Deco – or art moderne as it was originally described – appealed to those drawn to the trappings of opulence, if only vicariously. It began as an alternative to Art Nouveau design and an alternative to austere modernism. As …

Iranian Design Magazine #26

I have written about and for Neshan, the “professional and educational magazine with the intention of ameliorating ties between graphic designers of Iran, Asia and all parts of the world.” Now there is a new issue, and it is even …