Photography and Design

In the design world, photography sometimes gets ignored. But photography and graphic design have a long, twinned history, and Print’s vast archive of photos and photo illustrations are sure to inspire graphic designers. You can also immerse yourself in our popular Image of the Day archive, a curated look at the design world through our editors’ and art director’s eyes—visual inspiration refreshed every morning.

War Torn

This book was designed to show the nadir not the apotheosis of war. Kamerad im Westen: Ein Bericht in 221 Bildern (Comrade in the West: A Report in 221 Pictures)(Societäts-Verlag) is a 1930 compilation of home front and battlefield photographs of the “great war” transformed into devastating carnage. Although it might be misinterpreted by...

Robert Burley Photographs the End of Analog Photography

In 2010, the Canadian photographer Robert Burley, and others, traveled to Parsons, Kansas, to commemorate the end of an era, and to get film developed. At the height of Kodachrome’s popularity, according to this New York Times article, the film was processed at 25 locations around the world. In 2009, when Kodak discontinued the...

Ultimate Expression: Polaroid, Google, and A New American Picture 

Say the word “Polaroid” today and it evokes genuine nostalgia that reaches back to 1948, when the Land Camera, the first camera capable of providing pictures more or less instantly, hit the market—and it simultaneously conjures a contemporary retro-chic aesthetic that seems like it will be in vogue for the foreseeable future. In the...

Analog Interactivity: A Book Report

Books-as-objects may be a bridge between the pre-digital and the digital. Major publishers presume that while books—and particularly art or picture books—are in future flux, the more interactive the special printing and binding effects are, the better for keeping readers from firing up their Kindles. Monumental or extra-large coffee-table books, the kind that cannot...

Burning Desires: What Must be Saved

There has long been an obsession with bucket lists (although most of us never heard the term until the film with it in the title). Lists of what to save if the world came to an end are just as frequent, these days, as lists of favored otherwise insignificant objects. The latest, and possibly...

"What's In Your Garbage?"

For the Trash Issue, we asked 18 designers, “What’s in your garbage?” Sam Weber The photo is of my recycling bin, holding some reference photos and crumpled-up drawings. . Natasha Jen, Pentagram One 9-by-12–inch manila envelope; one padded manila envelope from a book-seller; two Starbucks grande-size cups; two crumpled yellow Post-its; one crumpled receipt;...

How Sean Adams Transforms His Childhood Insecurities into Brilliant Graphic Design

If you’ve seen Sean Adams at design functions, you’ll recall a bright and friendly guy who makes grinning 1960s-era stewardesses seem positively dour by comparison. In fact, in a behind-the-scenes story about my Imprint coverage of an event last year I noted, “Throughout AIGA National’s Pivot conference, none of the on-stage staff smiled anywhere...

California Dreamin’ with Marc Shur

Last year, the advertising art director and designer Marc Shur found himself needing to do something “creative” in his free time. So he started photographing signs—not your average Dunkin’ Donuts signs, mind you, but the coolest signs imaginable. “Photography has always been a serious hobby for me,” Marc says, “but it’s never had a...

Fight Talk: A WWII Poster Campaign

The Second World War saw the participation of countless corporations steering and converting their talents and resources toward the war effort. At the end of the war, many of these corporations took advantage of their contributions to produce promotional pieces that highlighted their involvement. For instance, the Chrysler Corporation published a four-volume set of...

Put on a Happy Face

I’m easy. Okay, not easy like that—you people and your dirty minds. Vernacular signage makes me happy, and so do objects that have been accidentally anthropomorphized. Not long after seeing an upside-down mop in my driveway turn into a smiling woman with gray dreads, I stumbled upon Ner Beck’s small show up at the...