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Game of Flags: American Flag Propaganda

Poor Old Glory has been a staple of propaganda posters for as long as anyone (well anyone standing around me at the moment) can recall. American Flag propaganda is having its symbolic moment again, brought back as the object of …

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Image of the Day, April 12, 2013

Awesome selection of prints over at society 6 created by young design professionals, like this Alphabet City map of London by Craig Ward.

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France on the Right

The terms Right and Left were coined during the French Revolution (1789–99). They referred to where lawmakers sat inside the French parliament–on the right of the chair of the parliamentary president were supportive of the monarchist Ancien Régime. Today the …

Hats Off

Advertising for clothes and other wearable  fashions have long been well designed. These are among the most striking posters for hats and millinery I’ve seen in a long time. They are more colorful, striking and witty than many other genres.

Triggering Concern About Guns

The rapid fire of gun related tragedies has triggered more concern about regulation and the Second Amendment. The debate needs airing and The Gun Show: A Collection Of Posters Against Guns is mobilizing the creative community to put their talents …

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 …