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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that were published way before my time—it gave me a wonderful perspective on everything from design and illustration to historical content.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 …

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 …

Graphically Seasoned Greetings!

Last year at this time, I did a post on past holiday cards that J.J. Sedelmaier Productions, Inc. has sent out over the years. This year I’m presenting some of the greetings the studio has RECEIVED throughout the years! They …

Many Happy (Tax) Returns: A Marxist Doctrine

With all of us looking at the Fiscal Cliff on the horizon, who better to explain things than Marx . . . . . . GROUCHO Marx. About 15 years ago, I traded my signed copy of The Groucho Letters …