The Psuedo-Science of Adverts

Anyone who says that the mid-1950s Creative Revolution (The Big Idea epoch) was merely a semantic change in the way advertising was practiced, should think again.

Weekend Heller: Itching Design, Invasive Ads

Itching to Read About Graphic Design Looking for a good mid-Summer read? Something for the beach, perhaps. I highly recommend Scratching the Surface, a collection of essays and journalism by Adrian Shaughnessy, focusing mainly on graphic design, essays have from Design Observer,  Eye, Creative Review, Design Week and The Wire. Many others. The design is as...


Image of the Day, July 16, 2013

This full-page newspaper ad for the Empire State Relief Fund was created in collaboration between Google Creative Lab and Michael Freimuth’s team at Franklyn. Via ADC Young Guns.


Image of the Day, June 18, 2013

To promote the new DJ mobile app, Urban Ears, Denmark-based Uncle Grey created this poster made out of vinyl that emulates a DJ scratch when scraped with a fingernail. Via Creative Review.


Chrysler Takes on The Man of Steel

The 2013 Ram 1500 is counting on a connection with Superman: Earth One,the Man of Steel, to brand the truck as strong and invincible.

Hand Drawn Design from Cover to Cover

In 1927, Samuel Welo published his first edition of “Studio Handbook: Letter And Design For Artists And Advertisers.” But this collection of fonts, ornaments, logos and other ad elements was not only meant to provide specific examples of design to the user. It also reminds the reader of the importance of composition—hand drawn composition....

Illustration Makes The Man

Clothes, they say, make the man. But in the world of early-20th-century advertisements, illustrators made the man that wore the clothes that made the man. Just look how self-satisfied this gent appears while tying his tie. The illustrator may be anonymous, but he was skilled at posing the quintessential Italian man feeling good and...