Designer of the Week: Matthew Muñoz

Meet Matthew Muñoz of New Kind, where they practice storytelling in design, crafting stories that excite and inform, and help clients realize their future.

Keeping Everyone in the Loop: 50 Years of Chicago “L” Graphics

A recent visit to Chicago reminded me of how enamored I am of its rapid transit. It’s so much a part of what makes Chicago unique and exciting to me. Chicago is one of those cities with a “sound” to it—San Francisco being another—and the elevated “L” system is the reason why. Much of...


Chicago’s Design Meat Market

Peek inside the 1936 and 1940 editions of "27 Chicago Designers" booklet, used to promote Chicago's designers and illustrators.

“Writers I Have Loved”—The Graphic Reflections Of Joshua Landsman

I’ve known Joshua Landsman for over 45 years. We went to the same junior-high/high school in Evanston, lllinois, and even worked on our school newsletter together. I was always in awe of his writing talent—and sense of humor. He’s since written screenplays and one-act plays—his “Frank Talk About Matters Big And Small” played at...

Flying Colors: The Best and Worst of Flag Design

Bonne Bastille! I am a laggard this year on celebrating July 14, but  a no less ardent one. I’ve always been a particular fan of this dashing-to-smashing holiday—dashing until the smashing came along, that is. It puts me in mind of all things patriotic, particularly that ultimate piece of local branding: the flag. This...

Today's Obsession: The Beehive

This is cute: did you know the beehive hairdo was created in Chicago? I didn’t. But it was! And it totally makes sense that a hard-workin’ hairstyle with industrial-strength holding agents and the ability to stay in place for a week at a time would be developed in the city that works its butt...

Today’s Obsession: Chicago by Efdemin

Released earlier in July, Efdemin’s Chicago is a dense piece of electronic dance that is an amazing work soundtrack. It’s a big, conflicted piece of composition, one referring to a vast city’s many boroughs and neighborhoods, easily reflected in Chicago’s broad, yet claustrophobic spaces—this is an aural tour through wide, partially-ruined streets, our many...