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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).

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Elegantissima: The Exhibition and The Boudoir

Elegantissima,: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili, the monograph by Louise Fili, is now an exhibition with the same name opening on Thursday, November 21 at The Memorial Gallery at Farmingdale State College.

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Airborne Logos

WWII U.S. Army Air Force squadron logos were placed on letterheads or painted on aircraft, but most frequently they were made into patches worn on uniforms. A number of the logos were designed by the Disney Studios, but others were designed by artists who happened to be serving within the various units. They were designed yet, in a way, un-designed.

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Monogramonics

Not that they ever left, but monograms are back. And they are beautiful to behold. Once the accessory of the aristocratic, the monogram is a vibrant and vital piece of graphic design. Here are some vintage ones to whet the appetite.

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History For The Price Of Peanuts

I can’t say I think of Planters’ Mr. Peanut as a source of historical data, but this colorful little “Paint Book” from 1935 would seem to indicate otherwise.

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Signs of the Autostrada

Steven Heller points out the graphic design details on road signs found along the Autostrada of Italy. Buckle up, and come along for the ride.

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Marks on China

Despite the crudity of ledger pages, these marks — china pattern maker logos — exude a design elegance consistent with the era in which they were made.

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Dubious Typeface For Sale

Signal is a German script typeface, designed in 1931 by Walter Wege for H. Berthold AG in Berlin. It was inspired by brush script created in the late 1920s and rooted in the sachplakat aesthetic of the time. In 1932, …