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.

Evergreen: The Glossy of the Underground

This past February, the iconoclast publisher Barney Rosset died at the age of 89. Rosset was the publisher of Grove Press from 1951 until 1985. He published D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover in its first unexpurgated U.S. edition in 1957, and in 1964 he published Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer in its original uncensored...

Botany Blueprint: New Zealand Flax

Specimen #25: New Zealand flax (Phormium tenax) New Zealand flax, a strappy foliage plant, is best known in—you guessed it—its native New Zealand, where the early Maori wove an 18th-century economy out of its long, leathery leaves. They used the plant to make rafts, nets, baskets for anything, and apparel for everyone; in 1803,...

Fascinatin' Food Fotos

What is this urge that iPhone and digital camera users have for taking food photos? We’ve all done it, right? Food porn? We’ve photographed our plates at dinner, vegetable displays at markets. And we’ve sent them to friends. Food foto pix are the adult version of food fights. But hey! If you can’t fight...

Botany Blueprint: The Paperbag Bush

Specimen #24: Paperbag bush (Salazaria mexicana) Light as a ghost, a paperbag bush balloon is an easy desert traveler, drawing its weight from the wind and its coloring from the sunset. These tiny seed vessels roll through ghost towns in Nevada and undisturbed arroyos in California until an intervening twig or rock persuades them...

Vintage Orange Crush Soda Bottles Take a Ribbing

I grew up drinking Orange Crush and hearing my mom tell stories of how it used to come in brown bottles, supposedly to protect the flavor. But by the time I was a kid, those days were long gone, and Crush’s bottles were clear. I was also aware that Orange Crush was made in...

A View From Inside the 1960s Music Revolution

“When did music become so important?” That’s Don Draper from last week’s Mad Men, set in 1966. Later in the episode he turns off “Tomorrow Never Knows,” from the Beatles album Revolver, and walks out of the room. There’s something happening here, but you don’t know what it is—do you, Mr. Draper? One year later, Rolling...

Super Moms Do The Darnedest Things

Long gone TV personality Art Linkletter had a segment on his show House Party called “Kids Say The Darnedest Things.” Well, now its mom’s turn. Just in time for Mother’s Day, Time magazine has created a stir with its Are You Mom Enough cover. Here’s what Time has to say on its website: The...

The Motion-Graphic Ads Of Burma-Shave: 1927-1963

In a simpler time, when automobiles went slower and the pre-Eisenhower highway system in the United States was less developed, there was a popular advertising campaign that ran from 1927 until 1963. It consisted of rhymed messages sequentially staked on the right side of the road, all ending with the advertiser’s name, “Burma-Shave.” These...

Light + Photo + Type = The Look

Gyorgy Kepes popularized the look in the U.S. when he began playing with light as graphic tool. Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Herbert Matter were also proponents of the method called lichtbildaufnahmen (light picture recordings). Designing with light as abstract and representational through photography is endemic to a look found more in Europe than the United...

How Walt Disney Used His Kansas City Library Card

When the word “Disney” is mentioned, it’s almost impossible to separate it from the craft of motion picture cartoons. Whether it’s used to describe a multinational entertainment corporation, or it alludes to Walt Disney the man, it’s easily synonymus with the technique of film animation. This was obviously not always the case. In 1920,...