daily heller 3-21-14_f

Even Generic Design Looks Good, To a Point

In this Summer 1963 issue of Dimensions (see yesterday’s DH), the superb quarterly magazine of Simpson Lee Paper Company, the theme “The Generic Corporation” provokes some curiously prescient and interestingly political examples of possible annual report covers.

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Paper Promo Promotes Prints and Printing

Dimensions was a quarterly publication of the Simpson Lee Paper Company founded in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to demonstrate different types of paper and different properties of paper. Today and tomorrow, I’ll show two exemplary issues.

daily heller 3-19-14_f

Campari Salut!

Campari may be bitter as an aperitivo but its advertising campaigns beginning in the 1920s were tasty, often with an avant-garde air. These are advertisements from successive 1937 issues of Corriere della Sera that stand out on the black-and-white page.

daily heller 3-18-14_f

Return to Sender

The other day I received a letter within a letter from Marian Bantjes that included a message and a challenge.

daily heller 3-17-14_f

Getting In and Out of a Pickle

Where does the phrase “in a pickle” originate? Explore this and Heinz’s role in the proliferation of the common expression.

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The Starch Bomb

Explore a pamphlet produced for Muzzy’s starch, which is an example of Victorian design among other things.

daily heller 3-13-14_f

Taking Off: The Sis Tapestry (and Book)

A new exhibition with Peter Sis’ illustrations for “The Little Prince” is currently open. Sis has also designed a Bayeux-sized tapestry — view the handiwork that’s going into making this piece.

daily heller 3-12-14_f

Bradbury Thompson’s Ga Ga Moment

Steven Heller draws attention to Bradbury Thompson, editor/designer of Westvaco Inspirations and art director of Mademoiselle magazine with a short profile and several examples of his work.

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Powers of Ten to the Tenth Power

Steven Heller explains why he was “enthralled ” with Charles and Ray Eames’ “Powers of Ten” documentary and Kees Boeke’s “Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps” book.