Hammer and Suckle

Tonight is the premiere of The Americans, a curious post–Cold War series about a Russian invasion of the United States. Red Dawn and Amerika, anyone? It comes complete with a great title sequence (here) with a lot of familiar design …

American Airlines' Logo Crash Test

Questionable redesigns—they happen to the best logos, including Hershey’s, UPS, and countless others. Now American Airlines’ Vignelli-designed double A, introduced in 1967, has been grounded, replaced with a new aerodynamic computer-rendered soaring (boring) eagle, one of a new breed of  homogenized …

Fairey Auction

Type designer Chank Diesel wants your bid. From now until Wednesday he is offering his “very early” Shepard Fairey collection on Ebay. “It’s a press kit he sent me back in 1994 and it includes a very rare early signed …

RDA Selects: Trial and Error and a Trampoline

We’re running selected projects from the 2012 Regional Design Annual along with quotes from their designers. To submit work for the 2013 RDA, click here—the early-bird deadline is February 1. (And if you haven’t yet picked up a copy of …

The Romance of Movies

The Rank Organization, one of England’s largest film producers and distributors, sold rights to British and American films throughout Europe, and especially in Italy. These are some of the production-sheet graphics used to entice the Italian film buyers. Italy had …

Learn Logo Design From a Master

“Most advertising creative directors produce ads . . . that are only half-credible and that lose 90 percent of viewers within the first few seconds.” That is one of a number of provocative statements made by Bill Haig in a …

Old Symbols for Italy's New Ultra-Right Party

Forza Nuova (New Force) is the latest fascist wannabe on Italy’s right wing. And although relatively new to the scene, its poster (below) borrows vintage imagery from a certain long-defeated German nationalist party. The FN’s logo, while looking a little …

Graphically Seasoned Greetings!

Last year at this time, I did a post on past holiday cards that J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. has sent out over the years. This year I’m presenting some of the greetings the studio has RECEIVED throughout the years! They …

Macy's Star, a Tattoo Turned Icon

Rowland Hussey Macy, Sr. (1822 – 1877), founder of the R.H. Macy and Company, opened four dry goods stores, including the original store in downtown Haverhill, Massachusetts (1851) to serve the mill industry employees of the area. They all failed. …