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Now Read This

Ben Shahn’s The Shape Of Content is hands-down the best book about making consequential art and design and the pitfalls thereof. Here’s why.

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Take Aim

Steven Heller examines the classic bullseye—one of the most perfectly designed of all graphic forms—and the evolution of shooting targets.

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Art, Guns and Power

Steven Heller talks with Henry Brimmer about his 2014 ArtPrize entry—a commentary on our post-9/11 lives and the freedoms that now hang in the balance.

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Putting the Spin On Police Work

Steven Heller looks back at the way police were portrayed circa 1932 via the Parker Brothers board game “Calling All Cars.”

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Shanghai’s Creative Evolution

These advertising posters for cigarettes, liquor and more by Xie Xing Long showcase the so-called “Calendar Girls” that were so prevalent in the ’20s and ’30s.

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America First!!

Steven Heller looks at Thomas W. Jackson’s “See America First”—a series of “joke” books that highlighted the country’s racialist, ethnicist and regionalist distinctions.

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Ooooh La L’Auto

Steven Heller takes a look at the lifestyle-infused vintage advertisements for the automobile manufacturer Renault.

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American Sikh

Steven Heller interviews Vishavjit Singh about the path that led him to create Sikhtoons.com—and about his identity as a Sikh in the post-9/11 U.S.

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Vapor Salve and Thermal Wool

The art of graphic salesmanship has evolved smartly in just 100 years. But look at these 1930s point of purchase displays for some rather bizarre personal care products.