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The Enduring Power of Posters to Promote and Provoke

As Carol A. Wells sees it, “The best posters are powerful and influential. The worst are quickly forgotten.” Wells is an art historian and curator who also oversees the largest collection of socially engaged post-WWII graphics in the U.S. And …

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Design With a Purpose: Catch & Release Opens in Lower Manhattan

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy fell upon the South Street Seaport neighborhood in lower Manhattan, bringing with it a destructive 7-foot wall of water. The community at large was battered. Now, AIGA/NY is launching a new design installation this weekend to help rebuild in its own way: “Catch — & — Release.”

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Stop and Friskie

Teaching right from wrong is one lesson of good citizenship. Learning to trust the police is job one for public relations. I recall this booklet from when I was a kid. The officer on the beat, Officer Joe, would visit our public school, all smiles yet stern when he had to be. We’d learn what to do at crosswalks, and then he’d deputize a lucky few of us.

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“Historic” Historic Preservation

I’m a big fan of architectural historic preservation and restoration, and have involved myself and my studio in the saving of three structures that faced imminent destruction. These include railway stations in Skokie, Il, and Scarsdale, NY, as well as …

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The Greatest Stories Ever Told

In this interview with Dallas Graham, this designer discusses his work with The Red Fred Project, social entrepreneurship and his Jolly Troop of diacritical birds. Graham describes how he became involved in creating “original, one-of-a-kind stories with children with critical illnesses,” discusses the children and families he has worked with and looks to the future of the project.

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Stamping Out Unemployment

The depression saw the rise and fall of the largest number of unemployed ever. Photographers served as documentary propagandists. Graphic designers also played a role.

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Signs of the Autostrada

Steven Heller points out the graphic design details on road signs found along the Autostrada of Italy. Buckle up, and come along for the ride.

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Post-Modern Storybook Illustrations

I consider myself very lucky to have been exposed to children’s books as a kid that were published way before my time—it gave me a wonderful perspective on everything from design and illustration to historical content. A good example is …

A Pot in Every Chicken

President Herbert Hoover is said to have promised “A chicken in every pot” (and a car in every garage). He probably was not aware that his slogan would have ironic resonance decades later for residents of West Los Angeles where …