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. …

Lick for a Merry Xmas

The designer and filmmaker Niko Courtelis collects Christmas Seals, those little stamps issued in 1907 to raise awareness and funds for the cure of tuberculosis. Emily Bissell, a veteran fundraiser, came up with a plan to design and print special …

RDA Selects: How to Design a Taco Logo

For the next several weeks, we’ll be 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, 2013. The Taco Spot logo by …

The Zigzagging World of Homemade Trucker Logos

It’s open season once again for long-haul holiday drives. Trundling between Chicago and Canton, Ohio, this Thanksgiving, my dude and I invented a novel car-trip game: Capture the Homemade Trucker Logo. We weren’t looking for large-scale trucking brands, the UPSes …

Save the Last Dansk for Me

Forgive the inexcusable pun. This is serious. Well, serious if you are a fan of letterhead design. Below are a selection of Danish letterheads (brevpapir) and bill-heads (fakturablanketter) from a rare specimen book published in the early 1950s in Copenhagen. …

Greek Fascists Make a Mark

Hard economic times breed hardcore Fascists. The Greek ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn, which this Summer rallied at Thermopylae before the statue of King Leonidas of Sparta, has become the third most popular political party in Greece. It feeds on a …

Rand's Rules of the Road

Paul Rand was a stickler for the details that God is supposed to be in. As precise as he was in his own work, he was twice as precise in how others used his logos. His insistence on quality was …