2012 New Visual Artist: Olimpia Zagnoli

By Jane Lerner Cover for Green Like July’s album “Four-Legged Fortune,” 2010 Olimpia Zagnoli, it can be said, is the youngest New Visual Artist ever. Born on February 29, 1984—a leap day—she has technically celebrated only seven birthdays. “When I …

Dissent Makeover

By Aleksandar Maćašev The annual Belgrade design conference, “(Graphic) Designer: Author or Universal Soldier,” was subtitled “Action” this year, and included a street exhibition called “Design of Dissent,” consisting of works featured in the book, Design of Dissent by Milton …

The Ubiquitously Red Balloon

Piet Schreuders founded Furore in 1975, as well as De Wolkenkrabber and De Poezenkrant, Dutch magazines to explore the rare and arcane aspects of popular culture. He is also the author of Paperbacks U.S.A: A Graphic History, 1939-1959 and co-author …

Why Is This Haggadah Different from All Other Haggadot?

“If I touch the letters, I think and I hope that people will be touched by them.” So said Israeli graphic and type designer Oded Ezer yesterday in a 1.5 hour NY—Tel Aviv Skype interview with me about The New …

2012 New Visual Artist: Casper Heijkenskjöld

There is nothing better than getting paid to do what you love—except, perhaps, learning it from the person you admire the most. “Since I was about 12, I knew I wanted to draw for a living,” says Casper Heijkenskjöld. His …

Finally "Seeing" Street Art

Although my eyes first began digesting what I now know to be “street art” in the mid-1990s in San Francisco, it wasn’t until a trip to Paris in the Fall of 2009 and a move to Los Angeles a couple …

How To Be an Ethical Designer in Singapore

David Goh, a design student in Singapore, sent me this, his quest for moral and ethical solutions for young designers. Many young and old designers have a similar mission. David’s, however, has a unique ring: I’d like to share with …

Marks of Hadank

O.H.W.Hadank was of his time, not a modernist. Not as historically influential as Lucian Bernhard or Jan Tschichold, he did not substantively alter the look or practice of graphic design in Germany. He was, however, an influential teacher, who founded …

Tristan Schmitz: New Name on the New York Design Scene

He arrived in New York last September with his wife, their kitten, and two suitcases. The next morning, he reported for work as the new senior designer at Chermayeff & Geismar. That doesn’t happen every day. I recently had the …

Dubai Graphic Encyclopedia

When, oh when will someone invite me to Dubai? I’ve read about it, watched reports and talked to plenty of people who have spent time there. It’s a long flight from New York and unless someone was to send me, …