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Art Of Design Language

The fusion of influences in Ryan McGinness' paintings, prints, sculptures and installations establishes his unique language as a multi-faceted reflection of contemporary visual culture. Heller talks to him about the place his new work has in his overall blurring of the lines between art and design languages.

Rudy VanderLans’ Still Life

For more than a year, Rudy VanderLans has been sending limited-edition books of photographs to friends as a work in progress. Heller has been happy to be on the mailing list yet had been asked not to write about them until now. Today, VanderLans agreed to tell him more about these new, curiously...

Will Burtin in the Present

R. Roger Remington has already published a book on designer Will Burtin, whose intellectual and creative powers allowed him to function on an epic scale; a new volume to be published by Unit Editions is now in the Kickstarter fundraising process. Heller talked to Remington about the advantages of this new volume.

MAD Magazine’s New Facial Recognition

As MAD Magazine begins a new era today with its new logo design, Heller speaks with Bill Morrison, executive editor, Doug Thomson, MAD design director and Suzy Hutchinson, MAD art director about this new incarnation of probably the oldest American humor and parody magazine.

Head To Head In Germany

The 1930 German manual titled How To Design A Career provided commercial artists all the tips they needed to know to become a solid working one in pre-Hitler Germany. Published in four volumes, the samples here come from the book on designing letterheads, billheads and logos.

Split Fountain Type Poster Poems

MICA has acquired the huge Globe Poster collection; The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Collection is organizing the Enquire Printing archive; and, of course, Hatch Show Print has been a bottomless resource, among others. But ... more to come at the Colby Poster Printing shop.

Parting With A Lifetime’s Collection

A new film, How To Steal A Chair, follows 72-year-old Stergios Delialis as he realizes he has become a ghost in his own life and contemplates parting with his collection. Meanwhile, he undertakes to produce a retrospective of his own design work in the building of his lost museum.

The Brain as Open Book

Danné Ojeda Hernandez's Vanitas book series makes literal the allegory of a book as a portrait of its author’s inner matter. With the help of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), the anatomic representation of the author’s skull and brain becomes the book content.