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Technology Gets The Raspberries

Here, Ron Callahan, Tech Administrator at SVA MFA Design/Designer as Author + Entrepreneur, discusses started his own entrepreneurial venture “The Raspberry Heights Workshop”, a computer learning opportunity for kids.

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Branding ISIS, ISIL, IS

Here, Steven Heller takes a different approach to thinking about ISIS by looking at how they use “cunning propaganda and skillful branding.”

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The Vend Diagram

Some of you may recall when the NYC subway (like the Paris subway today) had a fine array of vending machines offering gum, soda and snacks. Take a look back with these vintage photographs.

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Speedball: Rolling in Neutral

Letterers go gaga over Speedball ephemera. Speedball textbooks went through many stylistic iterations over the years, but remained — more or less — the same. See for yourself.

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Who’s Wearing Whose Trade Dress?

In 1915 the National Biscuit Company filed 13 copyright infringement suits to enjoin these businesses from either infringing upon NBC’s brand names (including their “Swastika” or red end seal) and/or violating the sanctity of their packaging motifs.

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Sticker Stock

Do you remember the days leading up to the start of school? Every culture uses pictorial cues to help keep track of the experiential flood of stuff in our lives, but I find this vintage French stock stickers among the most charming bits of organizational stuff.

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What Was Good About the ’80s?

What was good about the ’80s? Think Pee Wee Herman’s Playhouse and Gary Panter, one of the graphic wizards that made Pee Wee’s sets and stuffs so hypnotically superific.

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Seventies Style

The seventies were an eclectic time in design history on the verge of being overtaken by postmodern approaches to form and function. Letragraphix, a journal of techniques from Letraset, represents the bold type and illustrative design of the period. Explore several issues here.