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Weekend Heller: The Elegantissima Show

Straight from its boffo Farmingdale premiere, the most elegant design exhibit, Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili opens at the Art Director’s Club next week.

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Visit The Country That Invented Everything

Intourist was the office through which all foreigners had to pass if traveled in the USSR, the country where everything was invented. Intourist was known for producing some stunning posters like the ones shown here.

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Pocket Book Publishing

US: The Paperback Magazine premiered in June 1969. It was edited by music critic and Village Voice contributor, Richard Goldstein. See why US deserves a place in design history.

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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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Preparing For War, Russian Style

In the lead-up to the Great War, which wasn’t so great but it was mightily destructive, the Russian press was at once oblivious and concerned. These three newsprint magazines, present the panoply of engagement.

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A Stinkin’ Book

Gotta hand it to the photo editors at Angus & Robertson Publishers (London) and Philip Cammarata for their keen sense of smell. Read on.

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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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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.