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Henrik Drescher’s Migratory Books

Explore Henrik Drescher’s newest book, China Days: A Visual Journal From China’s Wild West (Chronicle Books), which chronicles his almost two decades of discovery living with this wife, Wu Wing Yee in China.

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Early Chwast

It is always fun to look at the early work of great artists and designers. Here is Seymour Chwast from 1961 when he worked in linocut.

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My Favorite Favoriten

The covers of Favoriten (Favorite) journal were so different as to suggest they were completely different magazines, or at least very different art directors.

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The Swiss Underground In NYC

Hear from Pentagram’s Jesse Reed and Hamish Smyth about their reissue the 1967 loose-leaf NYC Subway System Standards Manual created by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda.

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Pocket Book Publishing

US: The Paperback Magazine premiered in June 1969. It was edited by music critic and Village Voice contributor, Richard Goldstein. See why US deserves a place in design history.

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Preparing For War, Russian Style

In the lead-up to the Great War, which wasn’t so great but it was mightily destructive, the Russian press was at once oblivious and concerned. These three newsprint magazines, present the panoply of engagement.

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Before The Tea Party

Patriotism and revolution went hand in hand in during the late ’60s and early ’70s when the “new left” was challenging the authority of government. Even before the so-called Tea Party adopted the American Revolution’s finest slogan and flag (designed by Benjamin Franklin), members of the Students For A Democratic Society (SDS) appropriated the symbol.

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A Mag For Goodfellas

I was the co-publisher and art director of Mobster Times. The magazine started as a vendetta against the former art directors of Screw, Brill and Waldstein, who left in a huff and founded and published Monster Times, a sci-fi tabloid, and grew into its own entity.

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Have You Got Self Esteem Issues?

Physical perfection has been big business in the U.S. since the nineteenth century. Take a look at these ads in the literary journal, The Black Cat (1895–1922).