Obsessions

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Bawdy, Bald and Beautiful

In 1977, decades before my own head became barren, I was invited to an unveiling of Yossarian's The Razor's Edge—the journal for women with shaved heads.

The Bottle’s the Thing: The Branding Evolution of Soda Pop

My fascination with brand design started with the soda-pop realm. I’d always loved leafing through old magazines and usually paid more attention to the advertising in them than the articles. Because my father had a collection of Life magazines beginning with the first issue in 1936 and continuing through the World War II years,...

Keeping Everyone in the Loop: 50 Years of Chicago “L” Graphics

A recent visit to Chicago reminded me of how enamored I am of its rapid transit. It’s so much a part of what makes Chicago unique and exciting to me. Chicago is one of those cities with a “sound” to it—San Francisco being another—and the elevated “L” system is the reason why. Much of...

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April Nuclear Fools’ Day

Steven Heller examines the modernist design aura of "Fallout Protection: What to Know and Do About Nuclear Attack."