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01/29/2014: Typographic mural

During AIGA president Sara Frisk’s stint on Design Envy, she included a black and white type mural from last year’s Chicago Design Museum exhibition. Entitled “Picture,” the daunting, 14-foot long canvas of nearly abstract typography was created by design team …

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Mastering The Art of Cookbook Illustration

I recently thumbed through some favorite old cookery books and started thinking about cookbook illustrations. Not the decorative splashes of line and color you see today (when  most cookbooks are illustrated with drop-dead color photography), but the kind of didactic, …

Andy Warhol's Attraction to Herbert Bayer's Lips

When Alexey Brodovitch was art directing Harper’s Bazaar, he ran a striking cover by Herbert Bayer for its 1940 “College Fashions” issue. A three-quarter view photo of a woman’s face is duplicated in two rows of four: a clear newsstand …

Because It Has Appeal

Andy Warhol’s famous banana is in the dock. As Dave Itzkoff writes in the New York Times: In January the Velvet Underground co-founders, Lou Reed and John Cale, sued the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, saying it illegally …

Words of Wisdom – No. 35

An inspirational quote for today, #35. Submit your favorite quote in the comments section below (or via Twitter or Facebook) and Seymour will consider it for a future Chwast’s Quotes! Read more in the series from Seymour Chwast. More Design …

George Lois Can Still Kick Your Ass

When George Lois wants something, he usually gets it. Whether it’s Maypo, Matzo, or MTV, the advertising and design legend has won many more battles than he’s lost. And at 81 years old, Lois still approaches life like it’s something …

The Pleasures, Politics, and Proto-Feminisms of Pop Art

In 1963, Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique drew attention to the stifling state of American womanhood, and Roy Lichtenstein painted what might be considered a visual analogue: “Drowning Girl”, who’d rather be engulfed by tidal waves than call Brad for …

Politics of Pop: Warhol’s Working Class SuperHero

  Anthony E. Grudin cares about the working class. He also cares – a lot – about Andy Warhol. Not the later Warhol, who pandered to high society celebs, but the younger man, with one foot headed for the galleries …