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IBM’s Classic Look Explained

Paul Rand created a few publications for IBM concerning the “use and abuse” of the logo and its many working parts. Take a look inside these documents.

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Intellectual Property Rights for Design: Trademark Laws

Register for An Introduction to Intellectual Property Rights for Graphic Designers to learn more about copyright laws, design patents and design trademark laws. Enter code BORCHARD at checkout for 20% off registration. In order to avoid a lawsuit, graphic designers …

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Three Italian Nameplates

While recently picking through the surprisingly meager stacks of Italian ephemera in the flea markets, I came across a veritable history of masthead types. Take a closer look.

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Chicago’s Design Meat Market

Peek inside the 1936 and 1940 editions of “27 Chicago Designers” booklet, used to promote Chicago’s designers and illustrators.

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Postmodern Graphic Design’s Midwest Routes

The 1988 spiral bound French Paper Speckletone sample book, featuring the work that put Duffy and company on the map, expresses the trajectory of Duffy and Charles Spencer Anderson’s distinct careers. Take a look inside it.

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Rumanian Marks

Rumania had a vibrant graphic design industry – and produced some superb designers and illustrators too (think Saul Steinberg). But one of the only ways we in the West could know about it is through the group Graphic Front, which archives and publishes books on design before computers.

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Before Cigarette Warning Labels

Before cigarette warning labels, tobacco products were sold loose, in plugs or in bags sealed with a product name or brand mark printed on a tiny tin tag or clasp. Explore several examples and their history.

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Hard News in the Icon Age

Sylvain Boyer founded icons times, which he claims “is quite possibly the first iconographic news aggregator.” It provides a new way to read the news by representing each breaking story as an informative icon. Icons times presents a series of icons evolving over time and topics, creating a new language and a new way to read news. I was intrigued by Boyer’s concept and skeptical of its viability, so I asked him to explain:

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Two-tone Monograms

Monograms and signets are beautiful typographic delights that require a keen design sense and a calligraphic hand. Get inspired by these German specimens from Max Körner’s Das Neue Monogram und Zeichenwerk (c.1950).