The Vintage Speedball Textbook

I once found a set of Speedball pen nibs as a kid. I was familiar with conventional pen and ink usage, but had never seen nibs like this before. It wasn’t until taking a calligraphy course in college (with Professor …

Hammer and Suckle

Tonight is the premiere of The Americans, a curious post–Cold War series about a Russian invasion of the United States. Red Dawn and Amerika, anyone? It comes complete with a great title sequence (here) with a lot of familiar design …

Iranian Designer Gets His Star on the Internet

Morteza Momayez (1936-2005) was one of Iran’s most esteemed graphic designers. His book jackets, posters, stage design and logos combined Persian precision and worldly wit. I wrote a brief blurb here, years before his admirers and the Momayez Foundation created …

Fairey Auction

Type designer Chank Diesel wants your bid. From now until Wednesday he is offering his “very early” Shepard Fairey collection on Ebay. “It’s a press kit he sent me back in 1994 and it includes a very rare early signed …

Posting Bond

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond film franchise, Herring & Haggis took on a 23-day assignment. Each day leading up to the premiere of Skyfall, they screened a Bond film and designed a commemorative poster, ending with the latest …

Graphic Advocacy Takes a Stand

Elizabeth Resnick has been an fervent advocate of graphic design as a tool for social and political agitation. She’s documented a wide range of material and organized three exhibitions on complementary themes over the past decade. The most recent, “Graphic …

RDA Selects: Repurposing the “Wanted” Poster

We’re 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. (And if you haven’t yet picked up a copy of …

RDA Selects: Trial and Error and a Trampoline

We’re 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. (And if you haven’t yet picked up a copy of …

RDA Selects: Opera Design, Folk-Rock Inspiration

We’re 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. Fort Worth Opera Shots invitations by Matchbox Studio (Dallas): Jeff …