The Seventh Seal of Disapproval

Death. Can’t live with it or without it. It sucks! Death is terrible when someone you love passes. But we’ve also all grieved when, say, a product that we’ve become attached to is put out on the ice flow. The …

Sugar, Sugar, Honey, Honey: Sweet Logos for a Candy Emporium

Michael Doret, the master letterer and founder of Alphabet Soup Type Founders, is involved in “a really interesting logo/design project out here in LA.” It is a series of six logos—five by Doret, one by Laura Smith (hers is last …

Giving Big Bird the Bird

During last week’s presidential debate, Mitt Romney promised to kill funding for Public Broadcasting, which includes Sesame Street, the most successful educational TV show for children in the United States, if not the world. Here’s what he said: “I’m sorry, …

Pictoplasma's Quality Characters Are Narrative-Free

The leaves are changing color and the air has a morning chill, so it must be time for the next Pictoplasma NY conference. A month from now (November 2–3), Parsons The New School for Design will be hosting the event …

Name That Meat Slicer

Meat slicers and produce scales have a larger role in graphic design history than you might think. For instance, the Dutch modernist designer Paul Hendrikus Schuitema promoted the modern sensibility through his advertising and catalog work for Berkel, the company …

A Print for Obama

During the 2008 election, a flurry of art and design was produced by artists and designers known and not, in support of the Obama campaign. Arguably, it was the largest outpouring of its kind. The volume has not been nearly …

Because It Has Appeal

Andy Warhol’s famous banana is in the dock. As Dave Itzkoff writes in the New York Times: In January the Velvet Underground co-founders, Lou Reed and John Cale, sued the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, saying it illegally …

Microsoft’s New Logo and Digital Authenticity

I was standing in line at Duane Reade recently, looking at its latest batch of store-branded products, thinking about how much of a throwback the simple, solid-color designs are.  This got me thinking about the general trend in logo design (and design …

Dawg Days

On August 22, 1972—40 years ago—a desperate, rifle-toting robber, John Wojtowicz, who demanded cash to cover his boyfriend’s sex-change surgery, burst into a Brooklyn bank and held the employees hostage. In the famous summer film, he was played by Al …